VIDEO: Life-saving equipment installed at Truro's Hall for Cornwall
Lives could be saved by new equipment installed at a Truro venue.
The Hall for Cornwall (HfC) coffee shop is now home to a defibrillator used as emergency treatment for people who have suffered a heart attack.
Truro Lions and HfC have paid for the kit and hope this will be the first of many life-saving public access defibrillators (Pads) installed in locations throughout the city.
The device, a Heartsine Samaritan PAD 500P, will be fully automated and would talk the first responder through the entire process, step by step, meaning it could be used by anyone, even those with no first aid training.
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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 life saving 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 ten percent.
The Lions club has forged a partnership with the 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 and the Royal Cornwall Museum about installing defibrillators.
Simon Crick, head of operations at Hall for Cornwall, said: “With us being located in the heart of Truro and many people passing though the building every day, we hope it will prove to be a good site for this life-saving device.
“Of course we hope it will never be needed – but just like a fire extinguisher it’s good to know where it is just in case. It’s very important to let people know it’s here.”