McDefibrillator for Knaresborough!

McDefibrillator for Knaresborough!

Knaresborough has a new Community Public Access Defibrillator (CPAD), located outside McDonald’s at St James Retail Park. Part of the funding came from the Lions, at the request of last year’s Lion president Pam Godsell. Each year the Lion president has the privilege of choosing the recipient(s) of the ‘President’s Fund’, and Pam chose Restart Yorkshire, a voluntary non-profit initiative whose aim is to introduce life-saving defibrillators into local communities. The Lions’ donation, together with a donation from Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charitable Trust, paid for the purchase of the device and cabinet, and McDonald’s covered the installation cost. Restart Yorkshire have installed ten CPADs to date – nine in Knaresborough and one in Harrogate. Click here for a map of their locations.

If you ever need to use a CPAD, you will be told the unlock code of the cabinet and then talked through how to use it when you call 999 (as well as being given spoken instructions by the defibrillator itself). The defibrillator will detect whether a shock to the heart is needed. To watch a short video about using a defibrillator, and other clips about how to give CPR, click here. Remember that if someone appears to have suffered a cardiac arrest, you should call 999 immediately. For every minute that ticks by without CPR and early defibrillation, the person’s chances of survival are reduced by 10%. If a bystander starts CPR promptly, another person can fetch the nearest defibrillator.  All these CPADs are registered with Yorkshire Ambulance Service, so if you don’t know where the nearest one is, they will direct you.

Restart Yorkshire have three more locations planned: Piccadilly Motors, Knaresborough Golf Club & The Smiths Arms at Beckwithshaw.

Photo, from left: Matti Ward from Restart Yorkshire, Lion Pam Godsell, and Richard from McDonald’s, with the new defibrillator.