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Community unites in a life-saving scheme
A PIECE of equipment which could save lives has been installed in Pickering as part of a joint venture between the town’s Rotary Club and the Co-op supermarket.
Pickering Rotary Club recently presented an automated external defibrillator (AED) to Andrew Lawler, manager of the store in Champley’s Mews.
The AED is a portable piece of life-saving equipment that can restart the heart if someone suffers a cardiac arrest.
The machine will be located within the Co-op building for use in any emergency in the surrounding area.
The Co-op was chosen as a site for the AED due to its central location, long opening hours and heavy foot fall.
Training in the use of the AED is being offered to staff of the Co-op and other nearby businesses, as well as members of the community.
Dr David Capes, of Pickering Rotary Club, said: “In the last 12 months there have been three poeple collapse in the Market Place area where an AED may have been useful.
“Defibrillators sited in public places can play a vital part in saving a life in the minutes before a community first responder or emergency ambulance arrives.
“Modern defibrillators do not require special training and are safe to use by untrained members of the public, although some training in their use helps to provide a quicker response.
“Use of an AED, along with prompt recussitation, can increase the chances of survival from five to about 50 per cent.”
Neil Marsay, community defibrillation officer for the ambulance service in North Yorkshire, said: “The combination of early CPR and early use of a defibrillator are the winning combination in reducing deaths from cardiac arrests.
“By the community support of Pickering Rotary Club and the Coop, the best care can be provided as early as possible for the community and visitors to Pickering.”
John Fields, retiring president of Pickering Rotary, said: “I am delighted to present this defibrillator to the Co-op with the hope that it may benefit the people of Pickering and visitors to the town.
“Locating a defibrillator in the town centre builds on the Rotary Club’s earlier donation of a machine to the ambulance service’s Community First Responder and we are looking at installing further devices in key locations around the town.”
The AED supplied to the Co-op has been funded by the Rotary Club along with a grant from the British Heart Foundation.
Any members of the public wishing to receive training in basic CPR and use of the defibrillator should phone the medical secretary at Pickering Surgery on 01751 471291 and leave their details.
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