Putts, swings and shocks


Thursday 9th May 2013 – 10.45am – Claire Brown.

A leading hotel resort and golf club on the Staffordshire and Shropshire border has taken delivery of a life-saving piece of kit thanks to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Patshull Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club in Pattingham, Shropshire is now the proud owner of an automated external defibrillator (AED); a device used to restart someone’s heart when they’ve suffered a cardiac arrest.

The leisure facility has over 900 golf, leisure and fishing members, 60 staff, 49 hotel rooms and regularly caters for large events such as weddings, conferences and golf days.

With such a busy venue tucked away in the countryside, it’s an ideal place for a defibrillator as it can help someone in cardiac arrest in the vital first few minutes whilst an ambulance is en route.

Senior managers together with staff from the various hotel departments were given training in basic life support and how to use their new piece of kit during a hands-on training session delivered by the Trust last week.

Emma Wilkins, Black Country Community Response Manager, delivered the training to 19 staff on Tuesday 30th April and said: “Its common sense for such a busy leisure facility to have a defibrillator and people trained in first aid as, with so many people on the greens, in the hotel and using the leisure complex, it’s inevitable that someone will need vital first aid. They’re a very proactive team who are keen on looking after their visitors and staff alike.

“By increasing the amount of defibrillators in the public domain and by increasing appropriately trained personnel in the use of a defibrillator and basic life support, the percentages of survival from a cardiac arrest can only increase.”

Stephen Kimbell, General Manager at Patshull Park Hotel, Golf and Country Park, was one of the staff who took part in the training and said: “I’m very impressed with the technology and intelligence of the defibrillator. By having this device on site at the golf club and people trained in how to save a life, it improves our ability to care for our customers and that is something I’m very proud of. I would also like to thank the Patshull Park golf club committee for instigating this essential piece of equipment. We hope that some of these members will also want to be trained on the AED to assist our staff”.


Notes to Editors:

Eighty-five percent of those people who suffer cardiac arrests (850,000 adults suffer cardiac arrests each year) have the ability to be corrected by defibrillation. The quicker someone is defibrillated, not only improves the chance of their survival but it can also help to improve the chances of a patient’s full recovery and reduce the time to do so. For every minute a patient is in cardiac arrest, their chance of survival decreases by 10 percent.

Pictured (left to right): Assistant Food and Beverage Manager Ayhan Tunc, HR Manager Sue Mitton, Golf Starter Keith Williams, General Manager Stephen Kimbell and WMAS Community Response Manager Emma Wilkins.

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