Easy-to-use, compact, portable and very effective – defibrillators can be the difference between life and death.
Used to treat people in the crucial first few minutes after a heart attack, and before paramedics arrive at the scene - it is reassuring that there are now more than 30 of the machines located around Bridlington.
The latest to be installed is at Bridlington Bay Bowling Club at Sewerby.
The club teamed up with Sewerby Residents’ Association and the Lords Feoffees to buy the equipment and it has been running half-hour training sessions teaching volunteers how to save a life.
Leo Graves, club captain at Bridlington Bay said: “We have worked hard with our fund-raising partners to have raised enough money to fund this life-saving package.
“The defibrillator has been installed at our clubhouse at Sewerby Park, meaning local people have the best chance of survival, should they suffer a cardiac arrest.
“We are keen to get as many people as possible trained in CPR and use of a defibrillator.”
A defibrillator is a portable device that can be used by a member of the public to help restart the heart when someone has a cardiac arrest.
This is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body and they lose consciousness almost at once.
For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around 10%.
Sara Askew, head of survival at the British Heart Foundation, said: “In the UK more than 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year but less than one in 10 survive.
“More lives could be saved if more defibrillators were available in public places and if more people felt confident using them and performing CPR.
“We are delighted that Bridlington Bay Bowling Club have joined the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign – by making another defibrillator available in Sewerby and teaching CPR locally.
“It could really be the difference between life and death.”
Yorkshire Ambulance Service believes that are now more than 3,000 defibrillators available for use around the county.
Almost 900 of these are those which can be accessed around-the-clock by members of the public.
Four of these are in Bridlington, at Applegarth Court, Bridlington Fire Station, outside the Health Trainers in Quay Roadand at Our Lady and St Peter’s School.
These can be accessed in their cabinet 24/7 by getting a security code from a 999 ambulance operator.
Paul Stevens, head of community resilience for YAS, said: “We are thrilled that almost 400 additional cPADs have been registered with the ambulance service during the last financial year.
“This is a massive achievement because every second counts when a cardiac arrest occurs.
“With fast and effective CPR and defibrillation, the patient’s chances of survival increase significantly so the more defibrillators we have in our communities and the more people trained in CPR, the better.”
The remaining 2,500 machines are housed at places with a high footfall of people, such as GP practices, railway stations, sports clubs and supermarkets, and can be used when that facility is open.
Many in Bridlington have been provided with the help of groups such as the Lions Club.
The ambulance service is keen to hear from any groups which are thinking about buying a defibrillator for their community.
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Bridlington Town Council has compiled a list of where all the defibrillators are located in the town.
Community defibrillators and are for general use by the public and can be accessed 24/7 by calling 999 for the code to open the cabinets they are contained in. They can be found at
○ Applegarth Court, Applegarth Lane
○ Bridlington Fire Station, Bessingby Road
○ Health Trainers, Quay Road
○ Our Lady and St Peter School
Locations which have a defibrillator available when the facility is open
○ Bridlington Hospital (several) – various sites in the hospital, one at the Wolds View Primary Care/GP Access Centre and one in Minor Injuries Unit and on all ambulance vehicles
○ Bridlington Medical Centre, Station Avenue – three (one in each practice)
○ Field House Surgery, Victoria Road
○ Manor House Surgery, Providence Place
○ Bridlington Police Station, Ashville Street - two (one in custody area, one at the front desk)
○ The Promenades Shopping Centre
○ Headlands School, Sewerby Road
○ Bridlington School Astro Centre, Bessingby Road
○ South Cliff Caravan Park, Wilsthorpe
○ East Riding College, St Marys Walk
○ Bridlington Rugby Club, Queensgate
○ Bridlington Town Football Club, Queensgate
○ Quay Academy, Oxford Street,
○ Sewerby Hall
○ East Riding Leisure, Promenade
○ Bridlington Spa, South Marine Drive
○ Bridlington Town Hall, Quay Road, Bridlington
○ Tesco, Station Avenue,
○ Bridlington Caravan Club Site, Flamborough Road, Sewerby
○ Hudson Contract Services Ltd, Mill Lane, Bridlington
○ Muntons, Jewison Lane
There are plans to install further defibrillators in the forthcoming months at:
○ Marks and Spencer, Prince Street
○ Bridlington Club for Young Peopl sports centre, Gypsey Road
○ Bridlington’s new lifeboat station
Outside Bridlington, there are defibrillators at Flamborough, Bempton and Ulrome village halls and at the RSPB centre at Bempton Cliffs