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Forest Gate pupils get to grips with First Aid

PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 June 2015

More than 180 pupils at St Bonaventure's in Forest Gate took part in a First Aid session to learn basic skills, including bandaging and the recovery position

More than 180 pupils at St Bonaventure's in Forest Gate took part in a First Aid session to learn basic skills, including bandaging and the recovery position

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Nearly two hundred students got to grips with the basics of first aid last week – enough to make the difference between life and death.

Last October, the Recorder reported how three St Bonaventure’s teenagers saved an elderly man’s life, after they put the stroke sufferer in a recovery position when they found him lying in Wood Grange Road.

On Friday, Year Seven pupils at the same Forest Gate school also learnt how to apply the recovery position, as well as how to deal with a number of injuries.

After watching a lesson live- streamed to classrooms across the country, students could try out their new-found knowledge, having fun bandaging each other and making slings.

They also gained experience in treating head injuries, soft tissue injuries, asthma and severe allergic reactions.

Teacher Graham Hayes oversaw the afternoon.

“It was a really useful lesson that will hopefully prompt our students to want to learn more first aid skills,” he said.

“What they learned could make a difference between a life lost and a life saved.”


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