Players at Essex’s hilliest golf course have bought a do-it-yourself defibrillator to help heart attack victims.
Boyce Hill Golf Course, in Vicarage Hill, Benfleet, is renowned for its hills and stunning views, but several members have suffered heart failure in recent years.
The 16th hole – on the steepest section of the course – is even nicknamed Heart Attack Hill.
Lady member Linda Bennett, a chief cardiac physiologist, suggested to the General Committee that the club buy a defibrillator to help victims in the future.
After research, the club bought a HeartSine samaritan Public Access Defibrillator®, which will be kept in the professional shop in case of emergency.
Club secretary David Kelly said initial training will be given to a number of staff, but explained: ‘These latest defibrillators are fully automatic in that they talk to the person using the machine and guide them through the procedure.’
You do not have to be trained to use the machine and it will not give an electric shock to the patient unless it senses one is required.
If an incident involving a suspected heart attack occurs, then contact can be made with the Pro Shop and the defibrillator will be taken to the scene, hopefully, to save a life.
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