Parents learn vital lesson

January 25 2019

A PARAMEDIC couple from Lyde Green have held life saving skills sessions for parents in their community.

Harriet Jones and her partner Martin Davis have lived in the area for four years. Harriet has been a paramedic for five years and Martin for seven, and both work in local GP surgeries within South Gloucestershire.

As part of her job, Harriet trains other medical staff on basic life support skills once a year including CPR, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and how to use defibrillators.

She said: “I thought it would be great to do something for parents at the community centre. Martin and I both have an interest in basic life support, and the more people that are trained how to do it, the better.”

Harriet and Martin ran two sessions for parents last month, publicising the event on the Lyde Green Local Facebook group. In total, 25 people booked places on one of two sessions.

They were taught adult and child basic life support, which included how to assess if someone is in cardiac arrest, how to do CPR on adults, children and babies, how to breathe for them, how to resuscitate, and what to do in the event of choking. The group had the chance to use Annie dummies during the sessions, as well as learn how to use a defibrillator.

Harriet said: “Attendees included parents with young children, young mums and grandparents from Lyde Green and Emersons Green who wanted to know what to do if something happened at home. We even had a new set of parents with their seven-day-old baby.

“I don’t think anyone there had actually seen a defibrillator before or knew had to turn one on, and we also talked about where the local ones are and discussed the possibility of fundraising for one at the Community Centre too.

“We think it’s really important that people have this training, because as of 2020 it will be part of curriculum in schools, so it makes sense for adults to know it too.”

Harriet and Martin have also organised a second adult and child basic life support training session at Lyde Green Community Centre on Saturday February 9, at 9am. The cost is £15 per person, and to find out more and book your place, email