Golf Club invests in life saving equipment

Pictured are, from left, Maria Clark, First Response Team Leader Stewart Wight, Brechin Golf Club professional Stephen Rennie and Agnes Mitchell. Angus Cardiac Group handed over a defibrillator to the club where staff and club members were given a lesson by First Response staff on how to use it. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

Pictured are, from left, Maria Clark, First Response Team Leader Stewart Wight, Brechin Golf Club professional Stephen Rennie and Agnes Mitchell. Angus Cardiac Group handed over a defibrillator to the club where staff and club members were given a lesson by First Response staff on how to use it. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

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Brechin Golf Club has installed a life saving piece of equipment, after being inspired by former Ryder Cup Captain Bernard Gallacher.

The club as purchased an automatic emergency defibrillator (AED) to provide better protection for members.

A Powerheart G5 AED from Cardiac Science has been installed on site, paving the way for access to life-saving equipment in the event of staff or one of the club’s 700 members suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.

The club’s decision to buy the equipment was inspired by a campaign led by Scottish golfing legend Bernard Gallacher, who has thrown his support behind the placement of defibrillators at golf clubs.

Mr Gallacher suffered a sudden cardiac arrest prior to a speech at a hotel 18 months ago, and he has since credited the use of a defibrillator with saving his life.

The Brechin club’s acquisition was funded by donations from the club’s Senior and Ladies section, and Angus Cardiac Group, a patient-led support organisation which supports cardiac care and rehabilitation.

The Angus Cardiac Group donated £500 towards the project, and Brechin Golf Club manager Stephen Rennie explained: “The money from Angus Cardiac Group pushed us to get a defibrillator much quicker than we would have done. I would like to thank them for the donation.

“I think its something every golf club should get. It could save a life on the golf course.”

The Club’s decision to invest in the device also coincides with the installation of its new gym, which it unveiled at the end of 2014.

The Powerheart G5 AED is one of the most up-to-date models of defibrillator available, designed to literally talk a person through its operation in the event of an sudden cardiac arrest.

Staff have been trained to use the device by members from Laurencekirk’s First Response team.

The training session took place last week, and Mr Rennie has said the presence of the equipment will give peace of mind to staff and members alike.

He commented: “We decided the remote location of the course, the average age of our membership and the fact we now have a gym meant it was very important to install a defibrillator.

“One of our ex-members, Stewart Wight, who is a First Response volunteer, put us in touch with Cardiac Science, who then supplied us with the defibrillator.”

Cardiac Science develops, manufactures, and markets automated external defibrillators and provides a portfolio of training, maintenance, and support services for AEDs.

Mr Rennie added: “We are now much better-placed to react to an emergency. We have worked closely with the local ambulance service to get training, familiarise us with the product and prepare us for an emergency situation.”