We now have a potentially life-saving defibrillator on site thanks to a charitable donation by Cadwch Curiadau Keep the Beats, which is part of Awyr Las – Blue Sky, the North Wales NHS Charity.

The defibrillator has been installed and although training is not required to use a defibrillator, first aid staff at the Colwyn Bay zoo have had familiarisation training on its use.

Jen Jesse, director of Operations and Administration at the Welsh Mountain Zoo, said:

“Health and safety is a priority for us here at the zoo. Having an onsite defibrillator is a real asset in the event of an emergency. As a charity, and following long periods of closure due to lockdown, we rely heavily on external funding and support. This donation by Keep the Beats and Awyr Las is an incredibly welcome gesture and we’d like to thank them very much. We hope that we never have to use it, but knowing that we have it on site is incredibly reassuring.”

Workplaces, schools, leisure spaces and public buildings are encouraged to have a defibrillator on site. Tomos Hughes the North Wales Public Access Defibrillator Support Officer, who is funded by Keep the Beats to install and maintain defibrillators in North Wales, contacted the Zoo to discuss the installation of a permanent defibrillator on site.

Julie Starling, arrhythmia clinical specialist and project lead for Keep the Beats said:

“Keep the Beats is run by front line NHS staff, who are very pleased to be able to support their local Zoo with this life saving equipment. This defibrillator is part of our Covid-19 response and has been made possible by kind donations to Keep the Beats and a grant from NHS Charities Together. Early CPR and defibrillation is the best combination to save a life and this was highlighted recently when Christian Eriksen collapsed on the football pitch and was successfully resuscitated. No training is needed to use a defibrillator as it gives voice prompts and tells you what to do."

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