Golf Club makes life-saving investment

A Buchan golf club has become the lastest to join the ‘Defibs Save Lives’ campaign by purchasing a defibrallator.

The campaign was started by former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher who collapsed during a dinner at a hotel in Aberdeenshire.

Cruden Bay Golf Club general manager Les Durno holds the club's new life-saving defibrallator.

Cruden Bay Golf Club general manager Les Durno holds the club's new life-saving defibrallator.

He was saved by the quick thinking of staff who had access to one of the devices - which can give the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest.

Mr Gallacher has called for all golf course to have access to the life-saving machines.

Cruden Bay Golf Club have now spent £1,000 on a public access defibrallator.

The club’s general manager, Les Turno, said: “It all started from Bernard Gallacher.

“He was due to play here in September but couldn’t after his heart attack.

“In December he launched his Defibs Save Lives campaign. We had a council meeting that evening so we ordered the machine the next day.

The defibrillator arrived two weeks ago and all staff at the club - from the greenskeepers to the bar staff - have been trained how to use it.

Mr Durno continued: “We’ve watched a training DVD.

“When you open the machine it speaks to you and runs through what you have to do.

“It can detect whether or not someone needs to be shocked or whether they have a pacemaker, and takes away that worry in the users mind about whether they should use it or not.

“What we have to keep in mind is that for £1,000 we can save someone’s life.

“When you put it like that it’s totally worth it.”

Cruden Bay Golf Club has 1,000 members, more than 10 percent of whom are in the higher-risk over-65 age range.

In total last year the course served 5,000 visitors and although in the two years Mr Durno has been manager there has not been an incident, all the visitors can feel safer knowing the equipment is on hand.

Recently 10 members of staff have also updated their emergency first aid training to level two.