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Monday 23 April 2018

Much-needed defibrillator now installed in Tesco

By Sara Gahan

At the launch of the new defibrillator at Tesco Wexford (from left): Dylan Kenny (CHAPZ), Michael McMahon (Tesco), Denis McCormack (First Choice Pharmacy), Gail Gordon Cummins (Chapz) and Flor Hayden (First Choice Pharmacy).
At the launch of the new defibrillator at Tesco Wexford (from left): Dylan Kenny (CHAPZ), Michael McMahon (Tesco), Denis McCormack (First Choice Pharmacy), Gail Gordon Cummins (Chapz) and Flor Hayden (First Choice Pharmacy).

A much-needed defibrillator has been installed at First Choice Pharmacy in Tesco Wexford after the staff raised the money through various fundraising events.

The defibrillator was needed within the locality of Tesco as there are not enough machines to access after 6 p.m.

An awareness day to launch the defibrillator was a huge success, with many customers asking for information on the new machine, which is used if someone has a cardiac arrest.

'For the launch, we had blood pressure screenings beside the machine to make people aware of the defibrillator,' said supervising pharmacist Dan McCormack.

The money for the defibrillator was raised through bucket collections, bag packing and blood pressure tests in Tesco. It took eight months to raise the €1,800 for the new machine.

Dan said they had raised just a little bit more than expected and donated the rest of the money to the Friends of Wexford General Hospital.

'We decided to get a defibrillator, as the closest is on the Main Street and the businesses along there close at 6 p.m.

'St Joseph's Community Centre have one, but they can have irregular hours and sometimes might not be open. We are open until 11 p.m.'

The defibrillator is locked in place, for security reasons, but the staff of Tesco, First Choice and Chapz all know the code to access it in case of an emergency.

The staff in the small shopping centre all successfully completed training and now know how to operate the defibrillator.

'It is not just for those who trained, anyone can use it. It is very simple to use,' said Dan, pointing out that the machine comes with clear, step-by-step instructions.

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