First Aid

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 05.02.2016 | 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...

WATCH: This Is Why You Should Learn First Aid

Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK

A collaboration between St John's Ambulance and the man behind the emotive John Lewis commercials has produced a hard-hitting advert urging people to ...

First Aid on the Front Line

Laura Dunn | Posted 03.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Dunn

Seeing for myself the good work that St John volunteers perform day in, day out was exceptionally rewarding. Their presence is reassuring, and you know that if you attend a concert, rugby match or outdoor event, that they will be there to provide a high standard of care.

Two Months - The Time We Have to Create a Generation of Life Saving Heroes

Joe Mulligan | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Mulligan

Emergencies can happen anywhere, but only 7% of people in the UK can correctly recall first aid advice and feel confident and willing to give first aid. Simple skills learned in just a few minutes - like what do if someone becomes unconscious - can save lives.

First Aid is For Life - and Especially for Christmas

Ben Whitmarsh | Posted 09.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Whitmarsh

I used to be a Cub. Then a Scout. Then a Venture Scout. If Beavers had been around, I'd probably have packed down with them too. I was raised with the three fingers of my right hand firmly aloft. I was prepared.

Why a Lack of First Aid Needs to be Treated as Seriously as Cancer

Carl Burke | Posted 16.11.2012 | UK
Carl Burke

Four times as many people of us think more people die from cancer than a lack of first aid, but that's just not true. Up to 140,000 people die each year in situations where first aid could have helped save their lives. This is as many as die from cancer.

'Cancer As Big A Killer As Ignorance Of First Aid'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK

Up to 140,000 people die each year where first aid could have helped save their lives. As many people die from cancer, according to stark statistic...

Ignorance Of First Aid 'Kills As Many People As Cancer'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.09.2012 | UK

Viewers of ITV1’s Downton Abbey will experience hard-hitting drama in the advert break on Sunday as they watch a cancer survivor choke to death in a...

Heart Attack Spouses Suffer Increased Risk Of Depression

The Huffington Post | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Spouses of people who suffer a sudden heart attack (an acute myocardial infarction) have an increased risk of depression, anxiety, or suicide after th...

Mental Health First Aid: Reducing the Stigma

Sarah Bickerstaffe | Posted 17.08.2012 | UK Politics
Sarah Bickerstaffe

If initiatives like Mental Health First Aid can improve the mental health literacy of the population, it will build understanding in every community.

A Royal Reminder of the Importance of First Aid

Clive James | Posted 02.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Clive James

Prince Harry has provided a reminder to us all on the importance of first aid and why it's something everyone should know. His Royal Highness is said to have given first aid to an opponent on the polo pitch, after he fell from his horse.

Asthmatic Children Denied Inhalers Due To 'Red Tape'

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 12.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Children with asthma are prevented from getting access to inhalers in schools due to "needless red tape", despite almost two-thirds of sufferers havin...

Save a Life This September

Clive James | Posted 09.11.2011 | UK Politics
Clive James

Have you ever nearly choked on a piece of food while you're eating? It's one of the worst feelings, and within seconds, panic can set in, but normally it's a false alarm. However, what if it wasn't? In the back of your mind you hope, you believe, that somebody will know how to help.