PUPILS are learning new skills which could someday save a life.
Children from Southwick Community Primary were the latest to go along to Sunderland Royal Hospital as part of the Injury Minimization Programme for Schools (IMPS).
IMPS is run by St John Ambulance, Sunderland Primary Care Trust and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, aimed at equipping Year 6 children with the knowledge and skills to minimise injury and danger and teach basic life-saving support.
St John Ambulance believes no one should die needlessly because they needed first aid.
The youngsters worked with Allison Morley, of the St John Ambulance Schools Liaison Team.
Allison’s job involves teaching children simple steps to save a life and to recognise danger in many different environments, from road safety, cycling and playing in parks to the internet and the home.
As part of their visit to the hospital, youngsters are shown around A&E, so that if they are ever ill themselves, or have to accompany a friend or family member to hospital, they won’t be frightened.
Allison said: “The children on the IMPS programme enjoy our hands-on training sessions and it’s amazing how quickly they learn.
“I feel we’re really equipping them for life and for life-saving too. Hopefully these will be lessons they’ll never forget.”
David Nicklen, regional manager at St John Ambulance North East, said: “Research shows that two out of three people in this country would not know what to do in a first aid emergency.
“That’s a shocking statistic, but St John Ambulance is redressing the balance.”