News Staff June 22, 2018

On Wednesday June 20th, a team of orange-suited medics from the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) visited the Bristol Bears training ground to teach the team essential life support skills.

Head coach Pat Lam was keen for the players and staff to receive training in life-saving CPR, saying “you never know when someone around you is going to need your help, and by learning a few simple skills nearly everyone can become a potential lifesaver.”

The GWAAC crew are all highly skilled in providing this type of treatment, as the team is made up of Consultant Doctors and Specialist Paramedics in Critical Care. They take the skills and equipment more usually found in an A&E department to the scene of a medical incident or accident. In 2017, GWAAC were called out to 1,824 jobs for the 2.1 million people in Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset, Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.

Last year, GWAAC’s Great Western Heart Starters team trained over 1,000 children in CPR, with the aim of creating a new generation of local lifesavers.