Defibrillator installed at HFC café
THE CORNISHMAN'S Heart Start campaign has been given a boost after getting lifesaving equipment into one of Cornwall's leading entertainment venues.
The new defibrillator for emergency treatment for people who have suffered a heart attack has been installed at the Hall for Cornwall (HFC) coffee shop in Truro.
The move is part of The Cornishman's drive to see schools, communities and public places have access to the equipment.
Truro Lions and HFC hope the kit, which they paid for, will be the first of many public access defibrillators (PADS) installed throughout the city.
The device, a Heartsine Samaritan PAD 500P, will be fully automated and would 'talk' the first responder through the process, step by step, meaning it could be used by anyone.
Keith Wellington, president of Truro Lions, said: "We are delighted that the Hall for Cornwall, in the heart of the city, has been chosen to be the first location in Truro.
"We are committed to raising awareness and funds to achieve in our first year a minimum of five PADS, in an area devoid of these lifesaving devices."
Across the UK, 2,000 people die each week after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest and for every minute a defibrillator shock is delayed, the chance of surviving is reduced by 10 per cent.
The Lions' Club has forged a partnership with the Penzance-based Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity (RRMC), to introduce defibrillators to Truro. Paul Williams, secretary of RRMC, said: "It's massive to get this first one in Truro. Strategically, they should be three to four minutes apart because every minute counts. I would like to see them in every public access place."
The Lions Club is already in talks with Truro Cathedral and the Royal Cornwall Museum about installing defibrillators.
Simon Crick, head of operations at HFC, said: "With us being located in the heart of Truro and many people passing through the building every day, we hope it will prove to be a good site for this life-saving device."