Pub's heart starter

IF YOU are looking for a heart starter you can't go past the Rest Point Hotel in Copmanhurst, which is now the storage and training point for the community's defibrillator.

The defibrillator is a potentially life-saving device for heart attack patients according to Lyn Wratten, an employee of the pub.

She is also a member of the Rest Point Hotel Fishing Club, which along with the pub's golf club, raised the initial funds to purchase the medical device that uses an electric charge that can help restart a person's heart if it fails after an attack.

The defibrillator was housed at the local police station until it closed for refurbishment in December.

Since then it has been housed at the pub Ms Wratten said.

“The defibrillator is available to the whole community and we run a roster of people who know how to use the machine, so someone is always available to operate it.

"We live a long way from town and the hospital,” she said.

The community comes together every two months to brush up on their technique to operate the machine, but they also regularly get experts to come in and show new users how it works.

“The fellow who came in from the SES a few weeks ago really put us in the picture,” Shirley Davison said.

The last time Ms Davison went to a first aid course was 30 years ago, but other than that she has no medical experience.

After the training course she felt very confident she could handle an emergency.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the training, and if ever I had to, I think I could do what needs to be done until the ambulance arrived. Just as everybody should be able to do,” she said.

“We are a small community. and everybody needs to be able to look after each other.”

The defibrillator has been in the Copmanhurst community for the best part of seven years and has been pulled out and readied for action three times, but has never actually been used.

“We have had three scares, they had heart problems, but you can only use the defibrillator if someone is actually suffering a cardiac arrest,” she said.

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