MEMBERS of Tynemouth Golf Club have invested in an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to help anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest.
The committee said it recognised the need to provide a prevention as the club has 900 members and more than 3,000 visitors each year – totalling over 50,000 rounds of golf.
The furthest part of the course is a kilometre away from the clubhouse.
The committee was given advice on the defibrillator by member Graeme Scott, who put them in contact with community resucitation officer Alex Wheeler, who explained their options and how to apply for an AED.
The defibrillator is now in place.
Club chairman Brian Cocksedge said: “This is a significant initiative for the club, although we may never need the AED we know that we are prepared if anything happens.
“We would like to thank particularly the North East Ambulance Service for its support and training.
“We inquired if they would host a series of Heartstart courses for our members over the next few months.”
Mr Wheeler said: “When the club came to me for advice and support, I was delighted to help.
“Now the club is prepared to help anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest.
“It is great to see the interest in AED’s increase after the terrible incident with footballer Fabrice Muamba.
“It has reinforced the importance of having defibrillators.”
Mr Scott added: “I think this is a great investment and even with the high footfall the club gets we know we will be prepared.”