Essential and basic first aid

If you've seen our Nursery Rhymes Inc. or The Chokeables videos and want to learn baby first aid, then we recommend the course: Baby first aid.A comprehensive course which combines elements from both the essential and basic first aid courses.

Who should attend?

This course is for members of the public who want to learn basic first aid as well as resuscitation and other emergency support life techniques in adults.

St John Ambulance welcomes young people from the age of 12 onto all our community first aid courses. If under the age of 16, you must attend with a responsible adult member of the family or guardian (two young people per adult).

Course content

The course covers emergency life support techniques (adult only) as well as how to deal with minor and deteriorating conditions in any casualty.
  • Bites and stings
  • Burns
  • Severe and minor bleeds
  • Chest pains
  • Choking in adults
  • Fainting
  • Adult resuscitation
  • Sprains and strains
  • Treatment of an unresponsive casualty
  • Priorities of first aid and managing the scene
  • Communication and casualty care.

Course duration

6 hours.

Assessment and certification

Continuous assessment by trainer.

Is this training for me?

To learn first aid skills appropriate for use in the workplace you should complete a First aid at work or Emergency first aid at work course. If you’re unsure what first aid training is appropriate for your workplace, use our free requirements calculator.

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