EASTBOURNE MP Stephen Lloyd has mastered basic first aid skills which could be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.
During a visit to the Eastbourne unit of Sussex St John Ambulance Mr Lloyd was shown how to put someone in the recovery position to keep their airway open – an essential basic first aid skill used to prevent a breathing but unconscious casualty from choking.
Adult volunteers demonstrated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) using bag mask ventilation and a defibrillator and the unit’s cadets showed their skills in applying triangular bandages and stemming severe bleeding.
Mr Lloyd said, “It was a real eye-opener. In the space of a few minutes I learnt more about basic first aid than in the last 30 years!
“Eastbourne has an incredibly vibrant St John Ambulance team. They perform a really important role at many local events and I urge local residents to dig deep in supporting this wonderful organisation.”
Mr Lloyd met 17 St John Ambulance volunteers during his visit to the local unit’s HQ in Bourne Street on 15 January.
They included Badgers – the charity’s youngest members aged five to 10 – and Cadets aged 10 to 17.
He was welcomed by divisional superintendent John Matthews and county commissioner Paul Dedman who explained the charity´s role in providing first aid cover at public events and supporting the South East Coast Ambulance Service. They also highlighted one of St John Ambulance´s key goals that all pupils should be taught first aid in schools.
His visit included a tour of one of the ambulances, equipped with hi-tech facilities used to treat casualties suffering from everything from a cut finger to a cardiac arrest.
To find out more about supporting or joining Sussex St John Ambulance call 01273 371500 or visit www.sja.org.uk/sussex