Academy pupils learn ‘Heartstart’ lifesaver

20130322- HeartStart @ Academy. 'Shona Walker (front right) presented the students with their certificates. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography.'No use without payment.
20130322- HeartStart @ Academy. 'Shona Walker (front right) presented the students with their certificates. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography.'No use without payment.

HEARTSTART classes have become popular at Montrose Academy.

This is the second year of the lessons which are run throughout the school week, and have had almost 150 students to date.

Initially the course was presented to only S6 pupils, but Heartstart instructor and co-ordinator Shona Walker recently made it available to S4s and all school leavers.

The school’s prime aim is that all pupils will have the opportunity to attend the Heartstart programme before they leave school.

The Heartstart programme is managed through the British Heart Foundation.

It allows pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of basic live-saving skills.

Individuals who participate in the course learn what to do in the event of an unconscious casualty, a serious bleed, choking and heart attacks.

Participants are taught how to perform CPR procedures, how to maintain an airway and how to put casualties into the recovery position.

These are valuable skills for any responsible citizen.

On Friday, the pupils who have most recently completed the course were presented with certificates to that effect by Shona.

* A session for the public will be held in Montrose on Monday, April 15, from 2 to 4pm. Courses are free-of-charge and no medical knowledge is required.

Helen Brady, Heartstart Discovery Co-ordinator said: “Emergency life support skills really do save lives, so please consider registering. A Heartstart session could prove to be one of the most important training sessions you have ever undertaken in your life.”

For further details including location, and to register for or to organise a course, call Helen on 01382 740400, or e-mail helenjbrady@nhs.net