The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority is helping to improve access to emergency medical treatment across the county by installing defibrillators in a number of its key sites.
The Park Authority has recently purchased seven defibrillators which will be installed in Carew Castle, Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort, Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre (St Davids), Tenby National Park Centre, Cilrhedyn Woodland Centre and Headquarters in Llanion Park, Pembroke Dock.
One defibrillator will be ‘mobile’ for walks and events, including Walkability programme events; the Authority’s Newport Visitor Centre is not included as a doctor’s surgery is nearby.
The Authority’s Business and Performance Manager Alan Hare said: “Research shows that applying a controlled shock from a defibrillator within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible chances of survival after cardiac arrest.
“Key staff at our sites will shortly be trained to use these machines, which are simple to use and self-instructing – they will not work if the patient does not require it.
"The Wales Ambulance Service holds a database of defibrillator locations so anyone in the vicinity of our sites calling 999 will be able to access this life-saving equipment during office hours.”
For more information on our sites’ locations within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk.