The St John Ambulance service currently has nearly 730 volunteers across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire with 22,000 volunteers across the country who train nearly half a million people every year . These volunteers run first aid training sessions for everyone from school children to the elderly.
Peter Howie, District Manager for St John Ambulance in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire said:
“Learning first aid when you’re young is absolutely essential and St John is delighted that after years of lobbying the government have now agreed to introduce it as part of the core curriculum in schools.” and that “First aid is a skill that can save lives and children as young as 3 or 4 can learn first aid skills and you often hear the stories of young people calling the ambulance service when their parents or family are ill.”
“You often hear the stories of young people calling the Ambulance service when their parents or family are ill.” – Peter Howie
“We have St John badgers and cadets who are trained by St John as first aiders but also gain a lot pf personal development skills and many of our young people will grow up to work in health and social care professions.”
The service also has first aid societies at universities called ‘Links groups’ across the country aimed at keeping young people that were part of their badgers and cadet programs part of the Ambulance Service throughout their time at University by offering students the chance to complete training both inside and outside of their university setting.
However he also stressed the importance of older people learning first aid especially during the colder weather in order to help reduce the winter pressures on the NHS, with Lincolnshire receiving yellow weather warning for snow and ice till the end of the week. He said: “if people have basic first aid skills then there are many people you can treat with basic first aid and not require to go into minor injuries or A&E departments.”
The ambulance service currently helps support the NHS by providing support services to the East Midlands Ambulance service during the winter including creating triage centres in busy city centres on busy nights such as Christmas Eve and New Years Eve in places such as Lincoln and Nottingham in order to reduce the influx of people into already busy A&E departments across the counties.