The need for the training was identified when Deputy Director of Workforce Gary Wright was enjoying an evening at a local pub in Hartlepool and noticed a man experiencing severe breathing difficulties. Due to training received at the Trust, Gary was able to step in and assist.
Gary said: “Because choking cuts off oxygen to the brain response time in these situations is absolutely critical. Fortunately, as a result of training undertaken at the hospital Trust I work for, I was able to respond and subsequently performed abdominal thrusts to clear the airway.”
After this incident Gary spotted that there may be a gap in the skills needed by people working in the hospitality sector across Stockton and Hartlepool. As a result, a number of training sessions have been organised covering basic first aid and choking training across North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and will take place over the summer.
Gary continues: “We’ve had a fantastic response to the course with all places for the initial session taken within a day. The summer months are always a busy time in the hospitality sector. It’s really important that people working in this sector have the necessary skills to should a similar situation arise. We delighted to be able to offer this training in an effort to help up skill the workforce in our area.”
Clinical educators for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust Keith Dalley and Lisa Blom will lead the training which includes the theory behind the need for basic life support, initial assessment and difference between adult and children’s resuscitation.
The first course takes place on 21 June at the University Hospital of North Tees with subsequent sessions across both sites at North Tees and the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
For more information and to book your place visit here.