Visitors to South Ayrshire Council sport and leisure facilities will soon have access to new lifesaving defibrillators thanks to investment of £12,000.
Sixteen defibrillators are to be installed in all Council sport, leisure and golf sites – with staff trained and ready to use them from 1 April this year.
Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of premature death, but with immediate defibrillator treatment, many lives can be saved.
Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “We know the difference having this equipment on site can make and we know it’s something our communities have been looking for. I’m delighted this lifesaving equipment will be available in every Council sport, leisure and golf facility.
“There’s no doubt that defibrillators can save lives and, while we hope there’s never a need to use them, their availability provides a significant degree of comfort, confidence and reassurance for our customers.
“Our staff will be fully trained to use the equipment when needed, giving people who experience cardiac arrests the best chance of survival until paramedics or other trained medical staff can attend to them.”
Defibrillators can resolve an irregular heart rhythm what most of us know as a cardiac arrest, when there is a sudden problem with the heart function. When the heart loses its normal rhythm it is unable to generate blood pressure and without that the brain soon shuts down. This is where the defibrillator can help.
Councillor Grant concluded: “The defibrillators are a new and welcome dimension to our customer care. After cardiac arrest, time is of the essence and having access to a defibrillator will make sure every second counts.”
In Carrick defibrillators will be installed at Maybole Swimming Pool, Maybole Golf Course and Girvan Golf Course.