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HOW COOL would it be to learn how to save a life?

Heartstart Discovery run free two-hour training sessions in emergency life support for members of the public. Public sessions will be held in Dundee, Perth, Blairgowrie, Dunkeld, Arbroath and Montrose throughout 2011.

Being able to perform emergency life support, a set of actions needed to keep someone alive until professional help arrives, gives a casualty the best possible chance of survival.

These actions include:

l Caring for an unconscious person who is breathing.

l Caring for an unconscious person who is not breathing and performing CPR.

l How to recognise the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and how to deal with that.

l Helping someone who is choking.

l Helping someone who is bleeding badly.

Courses are free of charge and no medical knowledge is required in order to undertake one of these courses. It only takes two hours to learn the skills which may some day save a life – and remember, it is very likely that the person you help may be a family member or someone close to you.

Places available during August are: Dundee, Wednesday, August 17, from 10 a.m. to noon; Wednesday, August 24, from 7 to 9 p.m.: Montrose Friday, August 19, from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Training sessions can also be arranged, on request, for groups, organisations and clubs.

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

Emergency life support skills really do save lives, so why not register for a session today? A Heartstart session could prove to be one of the most important training sessions you have ever undertaken in your life.