Chorley golfers handed a lifeline

SHOCK tactics were used at Chorley Golf club as members got down to serious matters of the heart.

From the left: Cheryl Pickstock, Dr Iain Hall, and Tony Lavelle.

From  the left: Cheryl Pickstock, Dr Iain Hall, and Tony Lavelle.

The Hall o’th’ Hill club recently acquired a defibrillator which is strategically positioned on-site.

At a packed meeting, staff and several club members underwent a demonstration and training session provided by Cheryl Pickstock and Tony Lavelle from the North West Ambulance Service.

Recent high-profile sporting cases of acute cardiac collapse, Fabrice Muamba in football and Bernard Gallagher in golf, have highlighted the need for accessible defibrillators at sports venues and public places in general.

Club chairman Dr Iain Hall explained: “We have a rural and hilly setting giving an obvious need for us to enhance the safety of our 500 members. As a member of a local gym where a defibrillator has been used successfully on two occasions this year, I am very aware of its potential importance.

“The club contacted local Defibrillators 4 Sports representative, Keith McIntosh, and purchased this vital piece of equipment. We are pleased to report that all staff members and willing club members have now been trained in its use by members of the North West Ambulance Service Chain of Survival Team. Everyone is grateful to Cheryl and Tony for providing this essential training support.”

Cheryl Pickstock, NWAS Chain of Survival lead for Lancashire, added: “In the UK more than 80,000 out of hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur every year, and those areas of high footfall are most at risk. Having a defibrillator at the golf club means that if something was to happen, there would be no delay in treatment before the ambulance arrived.

“A defibrillator is designed to shock a person’s heart in cardiac arrest back into a normal rhythm to allow for the heart to function normally. For every minute this isn’t available that person’s chance of survival can be cut by 10 per cent, therefore it’s vital for defibrillators to be everywhere to ensure lives are saved.”

Evidence suggests defibrillation is almost 10 times more effective in saving lives than CFR schemes alone. This is nothing to do responders’ skills, but simply a time factor of time to the patient. The presence of an on-site defibrillator and trained responders at the golf club is potentially life-saving.



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