Millions of casualties were admitted to hospital last year, but only a select few made medical jaws drop when they showed up. Here’s a round-up of the wackiest wounds. More
Timing, they say, is everything.
And certainly, if you start choking in public, there are few better times to be sitting opposite a first aid trainer.
Over the years, Sara Hodges has taught literally hundreds of people life-saving skills – including how to help someone who’s choking.
So when her friend, who was facing her in a crowded Chinese restaurant, suddenly took on a surprised look and stopped speaking, she knew exactly what was wrong. More
Sometimes, love can blossom in the unlikeliest of places.
What he didn’t expect was a beautiful French girl to come zooming along on her scooter. But it turned out Aurelia had also been sent along by her company. More
I’d always planned to make learning first aid part of my preparation for motherhood. It just seemed to make sense.
So when I was 14 weeks pregnant, my husband and I attended a Mothercare event for expectant parents.
Every month, we dust off a piece of art from the British Red Cross collection to give it the attention it deserves. After the First World War, the Red Cross switched its focus to getting the British public fit and healthy, with some inspiring posters.
The Red Cross played a huge role in the First World War. Over 90,000 people signed up to volunteer, helping with everything from nursing to air raid duty.
Once the war ended, we decided to have a big think about how to support the country in peacetime.
In May 1919, we announced that our role now included “the improvement of health, the prevention of disease, and the mitigation of suffering throughout the world”.
Sounds just like a lot of New Year resolutions, doesn’t it? More
As most of us settle in for another warm, well-fed festive season, it seems almost incredible to think of how different life was for many Britons a hundred years ago.
That’s certainly the case for the Red Cross nurses – known as Voluntary Aid Detachments – who served in military hospitals across Europe during the Great War.
These young women (and sometimes they were very young) saw and dealt with scenes that are unimaginable to us now. More
They came; they saw; they had a dust-up.
As the clock struck twelve last night, thousands of ravenous bargain-hunters crammed themselves into Britain’s stores – closely followed by scores of police officers.
While speakers rang out with Tis the season to be jolly, numerous scuffles and punch-ups erupted in the aisles as shoppers jostled for heavily discounted goods. More
Today, Shetland Islander Jess Bradley was given a young heroes’ award by the British Red Cross.
And no wonder. Even a mere mention of the disturbing scene she had to deal with (helping a man with a deep gash in his neck) would be enough to make most people feel queasy.
But the trained first aider is surprisingly blasé about the whole incident. As she puts it: “I didn’t think it was anything remarkable – it was what I’d been trained to do, an instinct.” More