Rivers

14.11.16

Leisure Centre staff recognised by Ambulance Service

Members of staff at Pershore Leisure have been commended by West Midlands Ambulance Service for their skills & quick thinking during an incident earlier this year.

Stuart Oakley, Stephen Burgess & Lorna Brooks recently received letters from the service, based in Brierley Hill, thanking them for their “professional action” and for working “calmly and effectively alongside the paramedic crew”.

The incident occurred when a gym goer collapsed during the summer. It quickly became apparent that CPR and a defibrillator would be necessary and the team responded extremely well. Stuart, a Duty Manager at the centre said “It was a tremendous team effort from everybody involved and we’re delighted that the gentleman has made a full recovery. The training we receive, along with keeping a defibrillator at the centre, enabled us to save somebody’s life”.

The letter also commends the staff for their “excellent cardiopulmonary resuscitation”, something that all Lifeguards, Fitness Instructors & Duty Managers are regularly trained in at Rivers Fitness. Pershore Leisure Centre also keeps its own defibrillator on site.

The rapid response from Stuart, Stephen and Lorna led to a positive outcome for the patient, who has since returned to the gym after making a full recovery.

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