First aid training session at Northampton bar interrupted by real-life emergency when man hit by bus

A man was hit by a bus outside Retro Bar in Northampton were staff were receiving first aid training. Google image.
A man was hit by a bus outside Retro Bar in Northampton were staff were receiving first aid training. Google image.

A group of staff at a Northampton bar who were being given first aid training were able to use their new skills in a real-life emergency after a man was hit by a bus on the road outside.

Employees at Retro Bar in Bridge Street were in the middle of a first aid training session on Tuesday when someone came into the bar and said a man was lying unconscious on the road.

Kirsty Hall, the first aid trainer for Northants Medical Training Services, went outside and found a man who had collided with a bus and suffered a deep cut to his head.

Ms Hall said she grabbed a pair of gloves and asked the students to follow for them to learn how to deal with real-life injuries.

She said: “When approaching the person I remained calm and introduced myself and then started asking the relevant questions.

“I quickly took control of the situation and had c-spine control due to the nature of the incident which was the person had been hit by a bus.

“I then gave the students different jobs to do. This enabled them to put the skills they learnt into practice and learn new skills that were being taught later on that day.

“Two students also had the pleasure and experience of working alongside EMAS (East Midlands Ambulance Service) and getting the person into the back of the ambulance.

“All students were fantastic and helped brilliantly. This has such a positive influence on the training that they were receiving.”

The injured man did not have life-threatening injuries.

Kevin Randall, managing director of New-Age Group Ltd which runs Retro Bar, said he was extremely proud of the actions of his staff.

He said: “We work on Bridge Street and take the duty of care of other people very seriously they are all a credit to our organisation`