A new heart defibrillator has been installed in the always-open cash-machine foyer of Lloyds Bank Penarth – the first defibrillator in Penarth to be available around-the-clock, seven-days-a-week.
The new machine was installed by the charity Welsh Hearts and was funded by a donation from the well-known local garage proprietor Bernard Cody of Bernard Cody Motor Engineers, Station Approach, Penarth .
Defibrillators are portable battery-powered devices which can be used in emergencies to re-start the hearts of people who have suffered from a heart-attack.
Lloyds Bank staff, under their manager Wendy Gilligan, will trained on how to use the machine – but its intended that in an emergency the defibrillator can be used by anyone – including members of the public who may have never seen one before.
When opened, the machine provides a clear, stage-by-stage audio commentary to take untrained users through a series of straightforward procedures to re-start the heart . In such circumstances – every second counts.
Included in the accompanying pack is everything that anyone carrying out heart-resuscitation may need – including a razor to shave away chest hair (to ensure a good contact when the electrode pads are applied) and a pair of scissors (to cut the bra-straps of female patients).
The Welsh Hearts charity is holding Free CPR and Defibrillator training on Wednesday November 16th from 18:00 to 20:00 at All Saints Church, Victoria Square, Penarth where local residents can be trained in basic life support – and how to use a defibrillator, should a situation ever arise.
Bernard Cody says “I am so pleased to be able to do this for the local community. Whilst I hope the defibrillator will never have to be used, we have peace of mind knowing that the equipment is available at Lloyds Bank in Penarth seven days a week should members of the public need to access it.”
Wendy Gilligan assistant manager at Lloyds Bank in Penarth said “As Lloyds Bank is situated right in the centre of the town, we are delighted that we now have a defibrillator on site which will be available for the people of Penarth and visitors to the area.”
The Welsh Hearts charity has so-far set up a total of 475 machines around Wales in the last three years including 6 in Penarth. They are located at:-
- Lloyds Bank, Windsor Road
- Penarth Pier Pavilion
- Penarth Bowls Club
- Penarth Rugby Club
- The Holm House Hotel, Marine Parade
- The Paget Rooms ( This defibrillator, in the Penarth-Town-council-owned Paget Rooms is to be re-located because the council was not able to provide a location with 24/7 access and Mr Cody is also paying for the cabinet and for the re-installation of this machine).
- There is also another defibrillator in the Co-operative Food Store in Windsor Road which was installed by the British Heart Foundation and funded by the Mayor of Penarth’s charity.
Crowdfunding is under way for a further defibrillator in Penarth Yacht Club but this is not yet installed.
Only the Lloyds Bank defibrillator is available to the public 24/7 .