Recently we held a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation training afternoon at the surgery. This is compulsory for all surgery staff to attend on a regular basis. On this occasion we also advertised it in the surgery as an open invitation to any patients to attend. We felt that it was good to members of the public (patients) to be given the opportunity to attend as these will be the people we may be working with if an event should happen.
However, the interest was less than we expected but one patient wrote the following:-
I wanted to thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend your first aid training course, it was a privilege to be able to attend. Although I had attended a first aid course a few years ago, I found that the quality and content of this one, was superior. The course covered a range of topics including CPR, care of the unconscious patient, choking, anaphylaxis and heart attacks, with plenty of opportunities to practice and get involved. I found the use of a dummy to practice CPR particularly useful as was the discussion of the realistic scenarios one might face and the best course of action to take. This is something, that was certainly lacking in the course I attended previously. The interaction with the other members of the audience was also very useful. Since a number of staff members, doctors and nurses from the avenue and other surgeries attended, I had the opportunity to hear of their opinions and methods when it comes to first aid. Overall I found the course very insightful, helpful and satisfying. I would strongly recommend it to everyone be it healthcare professionals or patients. The skills you learn can literally make the difference between life and death.
I think that it’s wonderful that the surgery is allowing patients to attend these courses. I think this is a wonderful opportunity for everyone and the price is extremely competitive to the say least. I will most certainly be looking out for any other courses like this that might be available.
Thank you to this patient for sending me their comments. When I have attended this course before expectant parents seem to be the most interested especially as these training sessions cover accidents and acute problems in children.
If you would be interested in attending a CPR training session please contact
Sangeeta Kathuria ( practise manager) http://firstname.lastname@example.org
It would be helpful if you could suggest what time and day would be most convenient- the sessions usually last 3 hours.