Friday 16th October 2015 – 1.55pm – Chris Kowalik.
A country club in Shropshire now has a defibrillator that could be a lifesaver should someone there suffer a cardiac arrest.
West Midlands Ambulance Service has given the device to the club at Lion Quays in Oswestry and, with the help of Community First Responders, trained staff in how to use it and how to deliver CPR. This is in addition to a defibrillator that is already in place at the Lion Quays Hotel.
Community Paramedic Officer Terry Foster said: “The quicker a defibrillator shock can be given, the greater the chance a patient in cardiac arrest has of surviving.
“For every minute a patient is in cardiac arrest their chance of survival decreases by ten per cent, so the importance of these defibrillators cannot be underestimated.”
Pictured left-to-right: Nigel Keighley (co-ordinator of Oswestry and District Community First Responders), Terry Foster (Community Paramedic Officer, West Midlands Ambulance Service), Suzanne Williams (Sales Manager, Lion Quays Country Club).