Medics offer lifesaving tips on course

LIFESAVING techniques are being taught at a series of tutorials run by a group of front line emergency service volunteers.

Entitled Heartstart, the two-and-a-half hour course is co-ordinated by the British Heart Foundation alongside Dunbar Community First Responders and is aimed at giving ordinary people the means to administer emergency life support.

"Heartstart is an initiative co-ordinated by the BHF to teach you the simple skills needed in a life-threatening emergency and could help you to save the life of someone you love," said a course spokesman. "The scheme offers you practical advice and encourages you to talk about resuscitation and saving lives."

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The Heartstart programme includes skills such as assessing an unconscious patient; performing CPR; dealing with choking; serious bleeding; and helping someone that maybe having a heart attack.

Two training courses are being held this Saturday at the Royal British Legion in Dunbar, East Lothian, starting at 10am and 2pm.

A number of places are still available for both sessions. To attend e-mail [email protected] or call 07876-558 118.

At the end of each session there will also be an overview on the Community First Response scheme.