A GOLF club has been handed a vital piece of lifesaving equipment which can also be used by the community.
Pryors Hayes Golf Club in Oscroft, Tarvin, has received an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the North West Ambulance Service.
The defibrillator will be based inside the venue and nine members of staff have already been trained to use it.
Managing director Martin Redrup, from Pryors Hayes, said: “My team and I have welcomed the arrival of the AED for use by the club and in the local area.
“We value and have regular interaction with the local community and those participating in activities at our facility.
“Therefore it’s reassuring to know that in case of any emergency we have the opportunity to increase the chances of saving a life.
“We do hope that the device never needs to be used, but in the event it does we have already trained nine of our team in its use.”
Nick Blair, community resuscitation development officer, added: “When an individual goes into cardiac arrest the first few minutes are vital and quick intervention is needed to increase chances of survival.
‘These machines are so simple to use. They give verbal instructions and tell you where to place patches on the patient’s chest.
“They read the patient’s heart rate and, only if needed, will deliver a shock to restart the heart.
“We are delighted that Pryors Hayes Golf Club are on board and this further supports our aim to have AEDs placed in all public areas where there is an increased risk of cardiac arrest.”
If you would like more information about AEDs or community responder programmes, visit www.nwas-responders.info.