North Colchester Healthcare Centre
North Colchester Healthcare Centre

High demand for child life-saving skills met at North Colchester

September 19 2017

North Colchester Healthcare Centre held another successful patient workshop for their local community last week. Aimed at parents and carers of children aged five years and under, the session’s focal point was to understand what to do if an infant is choking, alongside learning some basic life support techniques for children.

The workshop, delivered by Jon Sions, resuscitation officer at Care UK, welcomed 25 parents, grandparents and carers to the training session. The attendees were all interested in arming themselves against possible choking hazards and what to do in those situations with small children – who like to put small objects in their mouths. Jon said:

“While the need for resuscitation is rare in children, we know that many parents lack the simple practical skills to save a life in an emergency. With this in mind, the North Colchester Healthcare Centre arranged this session in basic life support for young children.

“The demand for this session was so great that the centre has scheduled for another workshop in November.”

Kathleen Cini, service manager at North Colchester Healthcare Centre, set up the series of workshops and open days of varying subjects in April of this year, to aid their registered and walk-in centre patients. Previous sessions have included subjects such as the importance of bowel cancer screening, promoting a healthy lifestyle including stopping smoking and eating healthily, carers support, learning disability support and safeguarding and online safety. Kathleen said:

“We aim to make our workshops sympathetic to the present trends of what our patients, and the public in general, are currently concerned with. For example, over the past several months there have been some social media warnings around young children choking on things such as grapes. We thought, what better way to help put people’s minds at ease than by holding a training session for parents of children aged under five years.”

One mum who attended the session, said:

“The subject of the course was daunting but one that I wanted to do in case I was ever in that situation with my own children. The workshop was great. It’s much easier to learn basic life-saving skills than I thought it would be; and I’m confident I could put the skills into practice if I needed to.”

Due to the interest in this workshop, another session has been scheduled for Tuesday 21 November 2017. For more information or to book your place at the event email