Members club together to save lives

Members of Exeter Golf and Country Club have raised in the region of £1000 to purchase a defibrillator.

Over 50 members of the country club and 10 staff attended a Defibrillator Awareness Evening with club member, Dr Manish Gandhi, Consultant Cardiologist and Registrar Dr Jane Foster.  They gave a presentation about how and when to use a defibrillator, followed by a demonstration.

Allan Wilson, Club President said,
“I am delighted that our members rallied round to raise funds for this vital piece of equipment which could ultimately be a matter of life and death. I was particularly pleased with the short time it took to reach our target, having only started the fund raising in the summer.

“Let’s hope we never have to use it, but it is incredibly reassuring that we have it available. The fact that the members signed up to the cause so readily, demonstrates how important they felt it was to have a defibrillator at the club.”

In the UK there are 124,000 cases of heart attack every year, although this has decreased in the last three decades, it is still the biggest killer. Most heart attacks occur in people who are over 45 years of age. Men are two to three times more likely to have a heart attack than women.

Dr Gandhi explains that heart attacks and stroke are still the leading cause of death. Sudden cardiac death often occurs in people with no previous history of heart disease, and is due to a heart rhythm abnormality called ventricular fibrillation. Delivering a shock to the chest can treat this to restore a regular rhythm, and the sooner this is done, the better the likelihood of survival.

Martin Halse, General Manager said, “I am most grateful to both Dr Gandhi and Dr Foster for giving up their time to show our members, first aiders and Duty Managers how to use this life saving equipment.

“We are a large site and have over 4300 members, who use our golf course, tennis and squash courts, gym and pools so it’s good to know we are equipped to deal with an emergency of this kind in those critical minutes before the paramedics arrive, which of course would always be the first point of call in any emergency here.”