First Aid

Three Out Of Four Parents Would Not Be Able To Save A Choking Baby: Here's What You Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Parents

Three out of four parents in the UK would not be able to save their baby from choking, a study has found. The survey of 2,009 adults (including 572 pa...

How You Could Help Ease The Pressure On A&E

Joe Mulligan | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK
Joe Mulligan

More than half said they had sought advice before attending A&E, mostly from their GP surgery or relatives. Many expressed a desire to use A&E services appropriately, but found it difficult to know whether a health problem was severe enough to need urgent care.

Top Tips For Staying Safe In The Sun

Emma Hammett | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Hammett

Summer holidays are special! They are a great chance to spend some quality time with the kids away from the distractions of school and nursery. Sometimes kids play results in unavoidable bumps and scrapes and that is part of growing up. However, having the knowledge to know what to do in a medical emergency can make all the difference in confidently judging when an accident is serious and requires medical intervention.

140 Years Of Life Saving Work

Susan Bugby | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK
Susan Bugby

Monday marked the 140 year anniversary of the nation's leading first aid charity, St John Ambulance, which has been saving lives since 1877. Establish...

Blake Lively And Ryan Reynolds Urge All New Parents To Learn This Life-Saving Skill

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Parents

Celebrity parents Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have urged all mums and dads to look into child and toddler CPR classes, after attending one this wee...

The Best Gift A Father Could Ever Receive

Susan Bugby | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Bugby

Once home, Alvin, who had received workplace first aid training three years ago, recognised the signs of a cardiac arrest - unresponsive, not breathing, no movement - and immediately lowered him to the floor and begun CPR after calling for an ambulance.

Parents Urged To Spend 60 Seconds Learning First Aid Which Could Save Their Child's Life

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Parents

Parents are being urged to spend just one minute learning first aid skills, which could ultimately save their child’s life in the future. Channel M...

To The Paramedic Who Saved Our Whole Family

Sophie Mei Lan | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Parents
Sophie Mei Lan

You, paramedic, I don't remember your name, but you smiled and reassured my eldest daughter, a scared three-year-old who had been excited about doing crafts at the gallery but had suddenly been faced with the worst drama possible.

Here Are 5 Things You Should Know How To Do If There Is A Terrorist Attack

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK

The public is being urged to learn key first aid skills to help in the event of a terrorist attack. A group of senior civilian and military clinicians...

Putting Your Child's Safety First

Fay Gibbin | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Parents
Fay Gibbin

The vast majority of parents-to-be will be enrolled onto some sort of antenatal class, whether it's birthing, breastfeeding or after care. As important as these classes are, I believe they are no more so than first aid for under 5's, and paediatric first aid is often overlooked.

Explosion In Number Of Firework Related Injuries

Clive James | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Clive James

Ahead of Bonfire Night, we carried out a survey which revealed a third of parents and grandparents have witnessed an injury during bonfire night celebrations and NHS statistics show that 4,506 people visited A&E from 2014-2015 for treatment of a firework-related injury.

This Babygrow Hopes To Save Babies' Lives

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Parents

An exclusive (and free) babygrow designed to help teach parents how to give baby CPR is being launched by a leading charity. St John Ambulance, togeth...

Mum Praises Hero Teen Who Saved Toddler From Choking To Death

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has praised the ‘hero’ teenager who saved her toddler’s life when she was choking on a sweet. Leigh-Anne Challinor, 26, said she has been ...

Girl Saves Choking Mum After Learning First Aid Technique In School

Cascade News | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Parents

A 10-year-old girl saved her mum from choking on a piece of cucumber four days after learning the Heimlich manoeuvre at school. Emma Howard was taught...

3-Year-Old Demos Recovery Position, Puts Us All To Shame

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Parents

A three-year-old has proven you're never too young to learn the basics of first aid. Some of us might have to rack our brains back to our school years...

Six Important Lessons I Learnt in Mental Health First Aid

Tayana Simons | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

How many of us even know the signs that someone is struggling with their mental wellbeing? Granted, it is not as obvious as the signs of a stroke, and not as immediate. It requires being perceptive, asking questions, and most importantly, listening.

Parents Urged To Know How And When To Use Recovery Position

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Parents

Parents are being reminded unconscious children and babies must always be put into the recovery position. The prompt to mums and dads was issued af...

'Puerile Game-Playing' Tory MPs Talk Out Bill That Would Give Children First Aid Training

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK

A group of Conservative MPs have blocked a Bill to give first aid training to children, by talking non-stop until time to debate or vote on the issue ...

Would You Know How To Treat Your Baby Having A Seizure?

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Parents

Most parents have no idea how to treat baby seizures, according to a new study by the British Red Cross. Two thirds (66%) of the 2,000 parents surv...

Rapping Babies Teach Parents First Aid Lessons

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Parents

A child safety campaign has launched by The British Red Cross in response to findings that coping with sleepless nights and knowing what to do in an e...

Why We Need a Generation of Life Savers

Joe Willacy | Posted 01.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Willacy

Like parents and teachers, we want to give children the best start in life by giving every young person the chance to learn first aid. There is nothing worse than feeling helpless in an emergency and although we hope they'll never need to use these skills, Bethany's story proves that first aid knowledge can be a real lifeline.

Would You Know How To Save A Choking Baby?

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Any parent who's seen their baby choke, will know just how terrifying it can be. But, according to a recent survey by St John's Ambulance, while 40...

Jellyfish Invasion: To Pee or Not to Pee

Joe Mulligan | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK
Joe Mulligan

The British Red Cross is warning beach-goers not to trust the old myth that fresh urine is the best treatment for jellyfish stings, as experts confirmed an impending influx of barrel jellyfish over the next few months due to warmer weather.

The Dangers of Christmas and the Real Black Friday

Lucy Eyre-Tanner | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Eyre-Tanner

Statistics from the NHS shows that the festive season is one of the busiest for the UK's A&E departments, with more than 80,000 accidents putting an already stretched service under even more pressure.

Powerful TV Campaign Urges Viewers to Save the Boy

Clive James | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK
Clive James

Last week we launched our Save the boy campaign after our research found that shockingly, over half of parents (55%) lack the skills needed to save their child in a life-threatening incident. St John Ambulance wants to encourage more people to learn basic first aid and so on Monday 16 September we launched an emotive TV advert on ITV...