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Would you know what to do in a life-threatening emergency? Learning Emergency Life Support (ELS) skills can help you keep someone alive until professional help arrives.

Our Heartstart initiative teaches people what to do in a life-threatening emergency - simple skills that save lives.

Heartstart schemes are run by people like you. They're independent of the British Heart Foundation and provide free ELS training in the community and schools. They are aimed at the public, and anyone from the age of ten upwards can attend and learn the complete range of ELS skills.

Courses generally last around two hours and in a session you’ll learn about:

  • dealing with an unconscious person
  • the signs and symptoms of a heart attack
  • recognising a cardiac arrest and performing CPR
  • dealing with choking
  • dealing with serious bleeding

We work in partnership with many organisations and institutions such as local volunteer groups and the ambulance service to establish local community schemes.

Many of these schemes run courses that are open to the general public and there are many locations across Barnsley that you can access. Others teach specific groups, such as employees in large companies, or army cadets and other youth groups, while some focus on heart patients and their families.

Who to contact

Contact Name
David Brown

Where to go

Heartstart Civil Aid Wakefield
Camp Road
South Kirkby
Last updated on 05/10/2017
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