Hackney pupils learn about stab wounds in first aid course

Hackney pupils had a crash course in how to deal with stab wounds last week, in an Emergency First Aid on the Street course.

Eight paramedics from the London Air Ambulance education team worked with the 14 and 15-year olds from the Petchey Academy in Shacklewell Lane on real life scenarios and life saving techniques.

Assistant Vice Principal Fiona Hattersley-Smith said: “It was brilliant, they thoroughly enjoyed it. We’ve always educated all our year 7s in first aid, but many of them do want to go into medicine in future and they have honed their skills.”

The school trialled the programme conceived by social enterprise LIFE - set up by paramedic James Rouse and lecturer Matthew Lane - which could be rolled out across London, with endorsement from London Mayor Boris Johnson.