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Public and staff learn lifesaving skills in our hospitals

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Members of the public visiting a number of our hospitals today had the chance to learn potentially lifesaving CPR.

We are taking part in Save a Life for Scotland, a Scottish Government initiative, which equips people with no healthcare background with the skills to carry out CPR if someone has a heart attack.

Staff from a wide range of non-clinical roles also took part in the sessions. They were joined at one of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital sessions by our chief executive Jane Grant.

Maureen Boyd, resuscitation training lead, said: “Today has been a great opportunity to support the Scottish Government’s Save a Life for Scotland campaign.

“We have had a wonderful level of interest not only from a diverse range of staff, but also members of the public. We ran 15 minute sessions which people found easy to follow and very informative.

“Our training activity covers a wide range of skills from basic Heart Start for colleagues in job groups such as porters to advanced life support skills for our clinical teams.

“Being able to offer quick and easy skills training makes such a difference at a time when knowing even the basic skills can count.

“Our ambition is to make all of our staff feel able to say ‘I’ll do it’ should they ever find themselves in a position where someone needs help.”

Jane Grant said: “These sessions are an excellent way to equip people without healthcare skills to be ready to start CPR if required.

“Our resuscitation training team continually reach a great number of our staff in non-healthcare roles and are potentially training them to save a life.

“I took part in one of today’s sessions and found that it gave me a far better understanding of what to do if the situation ever arose.”

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