New lifesaving machine comes to Guildhall - The Worcester Observer

New lifesaving machine comes to Guildhall

Worcester Editorial 12th Jun, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016   0

A DEFIBRILLATOR has been installed in the Guildhall in Worcester following calls for action by a leading city councillor.

Coun Lucy Hodgson unveiled the new machine yesterday (Tuesday) after a year of campaigning for the authority to introduce it.

Her calls followed the tragic death of Malvern councillor Chris Cheeseman who collapsed during a planning committee meeting in June 2014 and despite the best efforts of colleagues and paramedics, was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

Coun Hodgson, a long-serving colleague and close friend to Coun Cheeseman, was determined to reduce the chances of a similar tragedy happening at the Guildhall.

“Coun Cheeseman was a good friend, he helped me to be elected in Malvern Chase and his sad death showed the need for defibrillators, this is why I asked the question at council a year ago and now we finally have one,” she told The Observer. “I hope that this equipment will never be needed, but two or three minutes on a defibrillator can make the difference as to whether someone lives or dies.

“I think it’s vital that places like the Guildhall do have defibrillators as this is a public access building and is in a central Worcester location, so has the potential to be used by passing members of the public or nearby traders if anyone collapses on the High Street and needs one.”

The defibrillator has been installed next to the staircase leading to the upper floors of the Guildhall and staff have received training on how to use the new lifesaving equipment.

Councillors have also been briefed on how to use it.

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