A GOLF club near Faringdon has installed life-saving equipment after a man died there earlier this year.
Carswell Golf and Country Club now has a defibrillator that can be accessed by anyone.
Members of the club raised £400 for the machine – which anyone can use to shock the heart back to life – to be placed behind an unlocked door next to the changing rooms.
It was acquired via South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) at a discounted price and cost £800, with the British Heart Foundation donating theextra £400.
President John Stiles said the club’s senior section suggested the device was needed after a man suffered a cardiac arrest in the gym at the beginning of the year.
He said: “The air ambulance arrived but it was too late.
“If we had a defibrillator then at least he might have had a chance so it was a bit of a wake-up call for the club.
“They are very easy to operate and I think every club should think about having one.
“It’s essential and the equipment is available for use immediately.”
The installation comes as SCAS divisional responder manager Dick Tracey appealed to boost defibrillator numbers from 120 to 320 in the county by May next year.
Since the Oxford Mail published his appeal, he said interest had trebled.
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
11:20am Monday 28th July 2014
What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.
Our top stories
7:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014
FLOOD victims left devastated after a water main burst in their street have rallied together in the aftermath of the disaster.
6:30am Thursday 2nd October 2014
PLANS for a memorial to the Oxford residents who died in the Spanish civil war look to have hit a brick wall.
4:11pm Wednesday 1st October 2014
THE Army has said it will apologise to a paratrooper who lost three limbs in Afghanistan after his complaint of bullying was upheld.
11:38am Wednesday 1st October 2014
A job centre was cordoned off after reports of a suspicious package.
10:52am Wednesday 1st October 2014
PARTS of the A34 and Walton Street will be closed next week as roadworks are carried out.
9:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014
ANGRY residents flooded out of their homes say they are being left in the dark by Thames Water a week after disaster struck.