Nant BH has been presented with a Public Access Defibrillator . The device was part funded by the Welsh Hearts charity with a £500 contribution being added from the proceeds of the annual Penmaenmawr Fell Race .
Chris Near, deputy head at Nant BH ( and organiser of the race ) believes that this is just the sort of place that should have an AED .
“Given the rural location & numbers of people using the centre ( along with the surrounding area for walking , biking and watersports) it seems an ideal spot to locate a device. Emergencies in rural areas often mean a slower response time from the ambulance service so it’s essential that rural communities are better equipped to provide immediate help themselves following a cardiac arrest. The first 10 minutes after an arrest are critical to survival and so knowledge of CPR techniques and use of a defibrillator are vital. Public perception is always that Cardiac Arrests only affect certain groups of the population . Sadly we hear all too often of young and outwardly fit and healthy people suffering cardiac arrests as a result of undiagnosed heart conditions. For that one time that it is needed, it’s essential that the AED is available and that people feel confident in using it without delay to give the casualty the best possible chance of survival.”
The AED is located at Nant BH in an unlocked cabinet (with signs to be placed at local public parking areas).
Staff at the centre and local residents have been offered the opportunity to undertake basic training in the use of the device.