Thursday, 12 February 2015
Ayrshire sports facilities get defibrillators
Visitors to South Ayrshire Council sport and leisure facilities will soon have access to new lifesaving defibrillators, thanks to investment of £12,000.
Sixteen defibrillators are to be installed in all Council sport, leisure and golf sites – with staff trained and ready to use them from 1 April this year.
[Pictured left to right: Councillor Allan Doran; Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder; and Campbell Petticrew, Leisure Attendant with a defibrillator resuscitation trainer.]
Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of premature death, but with immediate defibrillator treatment, many lives can be saved.
Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “We know the difference having this equipment on site can make and we know it’s something our communities have been looking for. I’m delighted this lifesaving equipment will be available in every Council sport, leisure and golf facility.
“There’s no doubt that defibrillators can save lives and, while we hope there’s never a need to use them, their availability provides a significant degree of comfort, confidence and reassurance for our customers.
“Our staff will be fully trained to use the equipment when needed, giving people who experience cardiac arrests the best chance of survival until paramedics or other trained medical staff can attend to them.”
[Pictured; South Ayrshire Council Leisure Attendants Scott Beattie (left) and Aidan Keenan (right) check out a defibrillator poolside at the Citadel Leisure Centre in Ayr.]
Defibrillators can resolve an irregular heart rhythm what most of us know as a cardiac arrest, when there is a sudden problem with the heart function. When the heart loses its normal rhythm it is unable to generate blood pressure and without that the brain soon shuts down. This is where the defibrillator can help.
Councillor Grant concluded: “The defibrillators are a new and welcome dimension to our customer care. After cardiac arrest, time is of the essence and having access to a defibrillator will make sure every second counts.”
Defibrillators will be installed in:
Citadel Leisure Centre
Maybole Swimming Pool
Prestwick Swimming Pool
Troon Swimming Pool
Coylton Activity Centre
Muirhead Activity Centre
Dundonald Activity Centre
Mossblown Activity Centre
Whitletts Activity Centre
Belleisle Seafield Golf Course
Dalmilling Golf Course
Troon Lochgreen/Fullarton/Darley Golf Course
Maybole Golf Course
Girvan Golf Course
Northfield Bowling Club
Dam Park Stadium
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