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Carers to be offered free first aid training courses

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is to trial free first aid courses for carers.

The  courses are being arranged after carers themselves came up with the idea during recent Carers Group meetings.

Howard Tidman, Carers Lead for Great Yarmouth and Waveney, and Tiffany Cecchini, Carers Lead for Norwich, had been tasked with investigating ways to reduce admissions to Accident and Emergency.

The Trust has now teamed up with the Red Cross to pilot free first aid courses for up to 100 carers, 20 at a time, in the Norwich, Yarmouth and Waveney areas.

Howard said: "We put the question how best to reduce A&E admissions to the carers and they suggested a first aid courses to help them deal with non accidental injuries.

"It is an ingenious and simple idea but we hope first aid will prove very effective and a vital skill for carers to have. The Red Cross will train carers to deal with injuries including bleeds, burns, overdose, ligaturing, unconsciousness, CPR, broken bones, head injury, shock and personal safety."

The first session will be Wednesday, September 3, 7-9pm, on Thurne Ward, at Hellesdon Hospital. A further two sessions will be held at the Carers Forum, on October 31, at the City Academy Norwich, with further sessions to be announced.

"We would like to offer this training facility to Trust care co-ordinating teams across the central cluster and Yarmouth, if they feel that they have at least 10 carers who would like this training," added Howard.

"We are flexible when this can be put on - days or evenings. We are happy to provide the training all over the central cluster whether that be in for example Cromer or Wymondham. The training will be free."

Carers should ring Ange Pollard on 01603 421 351 to book their place on a course.