WIGAN is bucking the trend when it comes to having potentially life-saving equipment on hand in most public buildings.
A recent report found that in the North West only 20 per cent of workplaces in the region have a defibrillator – a device which can restart peoples hearts if they suffer a heart attack.
However, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) who manage many of the borough’s public buildings, were the first public body in the
Figures show that some 300,000 have heart attacks in public places every year in the UK.
The value of public AEDs was proved in 2010, when a 15-year-old Hindley boy had a heart attack in his local gym.
Patrick Horrocks collapsed on a treadmill at Hindley Leisure Centre, but thanks to the quick actions of staff members he was resuscitated using an AED, which were installed in all Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) buildings.
The Hindley Community High pupil flatlined for four minutes during the incident, but was revived thanks to the actions of the two members of staff who administered CPR and used a defibrillator.
WLCT now have Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machines in all their locations in the borough and paramedics say Patrick would have survived without one.
During 2011-12, the out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rate in Wigan and the North West was 22.6 per cent – the fifth highest in the country.