First Aid Courses for the Public

For workplace courses including First Aid at Work please see Training in the Workplace, for training for those working with Children such as Youth Workers should see Training for Children/Youth Workers

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Student checks 'Annie' for signs of life.

While at home, most people feel safe, happy and secure. If there is an emergency, like someone being taken ill, or an accident at home this feeling of safety and security is quickly replaced by fear and panic. This is often made worse if people don't know what to do when these illnesses, accidents or emergencies happen.

Having some first aid training can help people feel more able to cope with any first aid emergencies at home. This helps them act in a calm way, which can calm someone who has suffered an accident at home or is feeling unwell. A casualty in a panic will always feel worse and can actually make their condition worse!

White Star Medical provides courses for teaching the public both the knowledge and the practical aspects of first aid. These are the public first aid course, the emergency life support (adults) course and emergency life support for children (6 hours) course. The trainers on these courses are the same first aid trainers that teach workplace first aid courses, and some work on the medical event cover team as well as teaching.

For more general information on training from White Star Medical click here. There are also courses available for those who work with Children and for those who are carrying out first aid in the workplace.

Public First Aid Course

Students practice bandaging.

This course is designed for those who want a thorough knowledge of First Aid and don't intend to use the knowledge and skills in the workplace as a First Aider at Work. It covers a range of subjects which are divided into modules. Every module must be completed along with a practical and theory exam to obtain a certificate. Students get handouts during the course.

Course Length: 24 hours, spread over four days, including examination. Certificates issued on successful completion of practical and theoretical exams and are valid for three years. This course may be divided into evening classes.
Minimum Students/Maximum Students: 4/12.

Content of Course:

  1. Understand the basics of dealing with an emergency in a safe manner.
  2. Use of basic First Aid equipment.
    Deal with a casualty who:
  3. Needs CPR.
  4. Is unconscious.
  5. Is wounded or bleeding.
  6. Is suffering from shock, including allergic shock (anaphylaxis) and use of Epi-Pen (see note below).
  7. Is suffering from an injury to bones, muscles or joints.
  8. Is suffering from a diabetic emergency, epileptic fit or stroke.
  9. Is a child suffering from a common childhood illness.
  10. Has been burned or scalded.
  11. Has an eye injury.
  12. May have been poisoned or exposed to a harmful substance.
  13. May have suffered from hypothermia, heat stroke or other heat related illness.

Emergency Life Support Course (6 hours)

This course is designed for those who need a short introductory course that covers just the essentials. Students get handouts during the course.

Certificates: Certificates issued based on continous assessment during the course and are valid for three years.
Minimum Students/Maximum Students: 4/12.

Content of Course:

  1. Dealing with an emergency in a safe manner.
    Deal with a casualty who:
  2. Needs CPR.
  3. Is choking.
  4. Is in shock.
  5. Is unconscious.
  6. Has life threatening bleeding.
  7. Has suffered a burn or scald (both major and minor).

Emergency Life Support Course for Children (6 hours)

This course is designed for those who need a short introductory course cover just the bare essentials. Students receive hand outs during the course. The teaching has an emphasis on responding to life threatening emergencies involving children and briefly covers adults.

Certificates: Certificates issued based on continous assessment during the course and are valid for three years.
Minimum Students/Maximum Students: 4/12.

Content of Course:

  1. Dealing with an emergency in a safe manner.
    Deal with a child who:
  2. Needs CPR.
  3. Is choking.
  4. Is in shock.
  5. Is unconscious.
  6. Has life threatening bleeding.
  7. Has suffered a burn or scald (both major and minor).

Epi-Pens

White Star Medical uses Epi-Pen trainers that are identical to Epi-Pen's but don't have any Adrenaline in them. Adrenaline is a Prescription Only Medication (POM) however when it is being given to save a life, Adrenaline 1:1000 (1mg in 1ml) as an injection is one of the drugs that may be administered by anyone. See Schedule 7 of The Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Order 1997 (SI1997/1830) and it's admendments or Epi-Pen training on Other Courses page.