Garden centre device is a real life saver

Life-saving device is all powered up, from left Joce Jaylor, Mark Elliott and Karen Payne of Four Seasons Garden Centre. EMN-150416-174246001
Life-saving device is all powered up, from left Joce Jaylor, Mark Elliott and Karen Payne of Four Seasons Garden Centre. EMN-150416-174246001

New life-saving equipment has been installed at a garden centre for the good of customers, staff and locals in need.

New life-saving equipment has been installed at a garden centre for the good of customers, staff and locals in need.

Management at Four Seasons Garden Centre have decided to buy an automated external defibrillator for the community’s use in the case of a life-threatening emergency involving a cardiac arrest.

Mark Elliott from the business explained: “We have a varied clientele and last February we had a man collapse with a heart attack on site. We gave him emergency CPR until the ambulance arrived and took him to hospital.”

That prompted them to invest in a defibrillator device just in case the need arose again. Six staff were given emergency first aid training on a course run by Ian Tomlinson at Sleafordian Coaches and they tapped into his expertise to select the appropriate AED.

Mr Elliott said: “We decided to purchase an AED which was easy to use, gave user feedback and could be made available to anyone in distress.”

Stored in a cabinet outside the building, the unit is for community use too and can be accessed 24 hours-a-day by entering a code in the digital keypad issued by 999 operators. Mr Elliott said it would be the nearest unit for residents in Silk Willoughby and Quarrington.

He said: “Everyone here at Four Seasons Garden Centre hopes if ever needed it will give the life-saving support required to prolong someone’s life and aid in their speedy recovery.”