Mini medics learn lifesaving skills

Nurse Tricia Abbott and children from Bow School.

Nurse Tricia Abbott and children from Bow School.

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A group of mini medics have been learning skills that could one day save a life.

With the Government’s Emergency First Aid Private Members Bill calls for first aid training to be compulsory in secondary schools, the pint-sized pupils at a Durham school are leading the way.

Youngsters at Bow are learning basic first aid skills.

Youngsters at Bow are learning basic first aid skills.

The nursery and reception classes at Bow, Durham School – preparatory department of Durham School - have already learnt about hand washing hygiene, the instruments used to treat babies and the role of the nurse.

The three and four-year-olds have et up their own ‘baby clinic’ and are also learning practical skills such as putting on bandages and taking temperatures from school nurses Tricia Abbott and Aisling Dutton.

Tricia, who holds the PSHE classes at Bow three times a week, said: “The children love it – and they’ve been very quick to learn.

“I hope that the skills they learn here, although they are only basic at this stage, will stay with them into adulthood.”

Children are learning hos to put on bandages and take temperatures.

Children are learning hos to put on bandages and take temperatures.

Co-educational Durham School, Quarryheads Lane, Durham, takes day pupils aged from three to 18 and boarders from age 11 to 18 years.