A new life-saving defibrillator has been installed at Tilgate Forest Golf Centre, one of the most popular publicly accessible leisure facilities in the local area.
The £1,400 AED (automated external defibrillator) is designed to treat someone who who has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. Recent research conducted by St Johns Ambulance discovered that potentially 7 out of 10 people who suffer cardiac arrest could survive if they are treated by a defibrillator within the first five minutes. Staff at the golf centre have also received training in how to use the equipment.
This initiative comes at the same time as specialist Golf insurance provider, Golf Care, released an article reporting that two thirds of golf courses in the UK do not have a defibrillator on site. Golf Care are working with two campaign groups to promote awareness of the issue in the hope that more golf centres will install this invaluable piece of equipment. Tilgate Forest Golf Centre are really proud that they can now be counted as one of those that do.
Daniel Lucking, General Manager for the Golf Centre, explains: “We have lots of people of all ages who come to Tilgate Forest Golf Centre to enjoy our golf course and other facilities. While we hope to never have to use the AED, it’s reassuring to know that this device will help save lives in an emergency and our customers have been
delighted to see that we now have this equipment available.”
Tilgate Forest Golf Centre is operated by Lex Leisure, a community interest company that promotes health and wellbeing for all. The company has recently installed AEDs at all of its golf venues around the UK, which are managed on their behalf by Glendale Golf. The addition of AED’s at its venues is the first of what Lex Leisure hopes will be many funding initiatives, with a focus on health and wellbeing in local communities as well as providing specialist leisure opportunities for people with disabilities.