Life-saver given to sports cen­tre

Com­plex given de­fib­ril­la­tor by fu­els firm

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A PO­TEN­TIALLY life-sav­ing piece of med­i­cal equip­ment has been do­nated to the Hilling­don Sports and Leisure Com­plex.

Fuel and lu­bri­cants dis­trib­u­tor Ad­vance Fu­els bought the £750 de­fib­ril­la­tor, which was in­stalled out­side the com­plex’s re­cep­tion area on Fe­bru­ary 18. The por­ta­ble de­vice can be used to restart a per­son’s heart af­ter they en­ter car­diac ar­rest or ex­pe­ri­ence heart­beat ab­nor­mal­i­ties.

Tom Lewis, dry op­er­a­tions manager at Hilling­don Ath­let­ics Sta­dium, in Gat­ting Way, Uxbridge, said: “We’re re­ally grate­ful to Ad­vance Fu­els and its char­ity part­ner, The Oliver King Foun­da­tion, for this do­na­tion. De­fib­ril­la­tors have the po­ten­tial to save lives for users of the sta­dium and the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

The Oliver King Foun­da­tion aims to raise aware­ness of Sud­den Ar­rhyth­mic Death Syn­drome (SADS), which is caused by heart rhythm ab­nor­mal­i­ties.

The risk of death from SADS can be sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced with the rapid use of a de­fib­ril­la­tor.

Anna Turner, who works at the fuel com­pany’s Hare­field de­pot, in Harvil Road, nom­i­nated the sta­dium for the do­na­tion, as the chances of suf­fer­ing heart ar­rhyth­mia are in­creased dur­ing ex­er­cise.

She said: “De­fib­ril­la­tors have been de­signed to be used by mem­bers of the public with­out any spe­cial train­ing, as they pro­vide recorded in­struc­tions and can make a huge dif­fer­ence by sav­ing cru­cial min­utes be­fore paramedics ar­rive.”

About 60,000 peo­ple suf­fer car­diac ar­rests out­side hos­pi­tals in the UK each year. Ac­cord­ing to the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion, ev­ery minute that passes with­out the pa­tient re­ceiv­ing CPR and de­fib­ril­la­tion re­duces the chance of sur­vival by 10 per cent.

n DO­NA­TION: Tom Lewis (sec­ond from right) re­ceives the equip­ment from Sam Thomas, Anna Turner and Alex Ward

Photo by Katie Lamb www.buyapho­totms.co.uk

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