Leyland’s first ever community public access defibrillator has been installed at a sports and social club.
When it comes to matters of the heart, Leyland Fox Lane Sports and Social Club is blazing a trail for the community.
The public defibrillator has been installed by the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) Chain of Survival team.
Working with Leyland based Keith McIntosh of Defibrillators 4 Sports, they have engaged with golf and sports clubs across Lancashire, assisting in a number of placements of public access defibrillators, including the one at Fox Lane.
Cheryl Pickstock of NWAS explained: “Defibrillators significantly increase the chance of survival of a cardiac arrest sufferer.
“Placing defibrillators in public places of high footfall like sports facilities means that if someone suffers a life threatening cardiac arrest, early intervention from the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) can mean vital treatment can begin early and assist the sufferer in increasing their chances.
“An AED is safe and only delivers an electric shock to the heart when it detects an appropriate arrhythmia, therefore it can be used by a non-trained member of the public.”
Les Beardsworth, Chairman of Fox Lane Sports and Social Club, added: “We are pleased to announce the installation of the first community public access defibrillator in the Leyland area.
“The presentation prior to the installation was given by Steve Nicholls from the North West Ambulance Service and was very informative and well received.
“It’s availability to members of the public should be welcomed by all the community - although hopefully it will never be needed.”
Volunteer Keith McIntosh, the founder of Defibrillators 4 Sport, said: “The installation of the first Community Public Access Defibrillator in Leyland is part of the North West Ambulance Service Chain of Survival Campaign for more public access defibrillators across our region.
“The initiative is the result of a partnership with the NWAS Chain of Survival team and one of the UK’s leading suppliers of Defibrillators, Physio - Control UK and representatives from the Sports and Social Club.”