Another heart defibrillator – intended for use in emergencies by ordinary members of the public – has been installed in Penarth – this time on the outside of the lifeboat station on Penarth Esplanade.
This defibrillator has been donated by the Welsh Ambulance NHS Trust and is available to treat anyone suffering symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest in the area.
The procedure here is different from that for other defibrillators in the town. Users have to call 999 and ask top be put though to the ambulance service where they will be talked through the steps in using the defibrillator by a trained member of the ambulance service.
[PDN Note: Other defibrillators in the town – such as that at Lloyds Bank – rely on pre-recorded audio instructions, whilst others – such as that installed at the Co-operative supermarket – would be used by trained store staff].
The device also has a number of “fail-safe” features to ensure safe operation for patient and user. The initiative for this installation came from James King – who is a qualified first-responder with the Welsh Ambulance NHS Trust and is also a crew member of Penarth lifeboat .
Heart defibrillators are now available at the following locations in Penarth:-
- Lloyds Bank, Windsor Road (24/7)
- Penarth Lifeboat Station (24/7)
- 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 was to be re-located because the council was not able to provide a location with 24/7 access) .
- The Co-operative Food Store in Windsor Road .
The machines are all basically similar but are not identical and come with different sets of instructions with which users would need to familiarise themselves before use. The new machine at the RNLI station is understood to be the only one where a user would be “talked through” the use of the system on a (mobile) phone.