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Where To Do First Aid Classes And Courses In Hong Kong

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Make sure your child is in the best hands possible.

It’s always a good thing to learn, but first aid training is especially useful when you become a parent. And whether you’re a mum or dad, a domestic helper or an educator, knowing what to do in a medical crisis (however minor!) is key to making sure your loved ones are safe and healthy. To brush up on your skills, here’s everything you need to know about the classes and courses available in Hong Kong.

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What is first aid?
Private hospitals, health providers and universities
Private professionals
Charitable organisations

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What is first aid?

First aid is the first and immediate assistance given to someone suffering from an illness or injury (both serious and not so). It aims to prevent the condition from getting worse and effectively help a person recover, but in order to perform it properly, it is important to undergo some basic medical training.

Standard first aid training will teach you what to do in an emergency, covering situations involving medical issues that can range from bleeding to burns and seizures. And, provided you opt-in to the related courses, you’ll also be given Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) training, complete with a professional certification in some courses as well.

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Private hospitals, health providers and universities

Annerley

Annerley’s Midwives Clinic offers a variety of courses and classes. Its first aid is designed to equip you with the necessary information and techniques you would need in order to attend to your baby or child in an emergency situation. There are two courses available: CPR and First Aid for Parents and CPR, First Aid and Safety (for domestic helpers), both are tailor-made for Hong Kong families with the environment, living conditions and weather in mind.

When: CPR and First Aid for Parents, monthly on Saturdays, 1pm to 5pm; CPR, First Aid and Safety, monthly on Tuesdays, 1pm to 5pm
Where: Annerley Midwives Clinic, LG floor, Century Square, 1 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $1,500
Contact: 2983 1558, [email protected]

Matilda International Hospital

Matilda’s team of healthcare professionals provide educational classes covering first aid and childcare for parents and families. The classes are small, friendly and occur monthly at either the main hospital or at its Central centre. Matilda offers one comprehensive course for parents, a Paediatric First Aid Course and two courses for domestic helpers. It also offers a Child Care Course (8 hours) and a Paediatric Emergency First Aid Course (8 hours).

When: Monthly classes, varying by course
Where: Matilda International Hospital, 41 Mount Kellett Road, The Peak, Hong Kong; or Matilda Medical Centre (Central), Suite 502, Prosperity Tower, 39 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
How much: Antenatal Course (which includes newborn care and safety), $2,500; Paediatric First Aid Course, $1,500; Child Care Course, $1,200; Paediatric Emergency First Aid Course, $1,500
Contact: 2849 0357, [email protected]

The University of Hong Kong’s Safety Office

While these courses are only available for members of the University Community (ie. students and staff), it’s a good one to keep your eye on should you get the opportunity. The University of Hong Kong’s Safety Office organises a variety of training courses usually conducted by its professional staff as well as helpful resources on safety and prevention of accidents. Its first aid training courses include: Occupational First Aid Training Course (10 hours), First Aid Refresher Course (1 day), and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (3 hours). With this in mind, it might be worth checking your child’s school or university to see what first aid training courses they offer.

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Private professionals

Bespoke Emergency Skills Training

This cleverly titled organisation covers adult, child and infant CPR and first aid skills. In particular, it has collaborated with HelperChoice to provide a Bespoke Emergency Skills Training Care for Children course, especially for domestic helpers and parents, that will teach you to provide emergency care for injured or ill infants and children. Learn about the types of medical emergencies that kids face and how they differ from adult conditions. The courses follow current emergency patient care standards, as published in the American Heart Association Guidelines.

Where: BEST First Aid Training Centre, 5 Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
How much: $1,250
Contact: 9239 8369, [email protected]taidhk.com

The Family Zone

Run by British-trained health visitor, lactation consultant and community nurse, Yvonne Heavyside, The Family Zone provides private antenatal classes, as well as specialised courses to ensure your child is really in the best hands possible! With over 35 years experience, Yvonne’s first aid training courses include Helpers: Child Care, First Aid & CPR for domestic helpers and Paediatric First Aid & CPR for parents. All classes are conducted in English.

When: Helpers: Child Care, First Aid & CPR, across two Saturdays, 12:30pm to 6pm; Paediatric First Aid & CPR, across two Saturdays, 10am to 12pm
Where: Pokfulam, Hong Kong
How much: Helpers: Child Care, First Aid & CPR, $1,900; Paediatric First Aid & CPR, $980 per person
Contact: Via The Family Zone website

Charitable organisations

Hong Kong Red Cross

Part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the Hong Kong branch offers standard first aid training, CPR & AED related courses as well as various other first aid classes, talks and workshops. There’s even a workshop specifically for domestic helpers alongside a comprehensive list of other first aid training courses.

When: Various times according to course and language
Where: Various locations across Hong Kong according to course
How much: Ranging from $230 to $350 for English language classes
Contact: There’s a comprehensive FAQ page including instructions on how to make an application, contact directly for more information

Hong Kong St. John Ambulance

Hong Kong St. John Ambulance has been serving the community since 1884, dedicated to providing emergency first aid and ambulance services and courses. While the majority of its courses are in Cantonese, you can apply for an English-taught training course by completing an application form. The class and examinations are usually held at its headquarters in Mid-Levels but you can always arrange for them to be conducted at commercial firms, voluntary organisations, and schools upon request.

When: Various times according to course
Where:
Various locations across Hong Kong according to course
How much:
Various prices according to course, ranging from $100 to $300
Contact:
Applications can be made for individuals and for groups – remember to make a separate additional request for an English examination, contact directly for more information

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Featured image via Getty, image 1 courtesy of Zhen Hu via Unsplash, image 2 courtesy of rawpixel via Pexels, image 3 courtesy of Bespoke Emergency Skills Training, image 3 courtesy of rawpixel via Pexels.

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