With cardiac arrests cited as a leading cause of death in the
UK, Macdonald Hotels is aiming to give its over one million annual
guests the best chance of survival, if this happens, by installing
lifesaving defibrillators at all 45 of its hotels.
60,000 people die every year in the UK from cardiac arrest,
where the heart suddenly stops working, according to British Heart
Foundation, and research shows those who suffer a cardiac arrest
are 38 per cent more likely to survive if they receive CPR and
Macdonald Hotels, the UK's largest independent hotel group, is
one of the first in the UK to install defibrillators at all its
hotels and has partnered with Green Cross Training to deliver first
aid training and sessions to familiarise staff with the equipment.
The easy to use machines, approved by the British Heart Foundation,
automatically identify if an electrical shock is needed to restart
a person's heart and cannot be used on someone who does not need
Macdonald Hotels regional managing director, Derek McDonagh,
said; "Macdonald Hotels' decision to become one of the first hotel
companies in the UK to install and train staff to use
defibrillators could mean the difference between life and death for
someone having a cardiac arrest at one of our hotels. We welcome
hundreds of thousands of guests every month and we felt it was our
duty to provide this life saving equipment.
"It can take several minutes for an ambulance to reach one of
our hotels and this £47,000 investment in lifesaving defibrillators
could reduce the amount of time someone who has had a cardiac
arrest has to wait for defibrillation."
Macdonald Hotels golf ambassador, Stephen Gallacher, has a very
personal reason to support the defibrillators being installed. In
2013 Stephen's 64 year old uncle, the golfing champion, Bernard
Gallacher was saved after he suffered a cardiac arrest during an
event at a hotel as the venue had a defibrillator. Stephen said;
"My uncle wouldn't be here if there hadn't been a defibrillator on
hand and my whole family is so thankful that the machine was
available on the day. Installing defibrillators is a fantastic
idea, so many people come through Macdonald Hotels every day and it
will set people's minds at ease just knowing that there's one in
"I've seen them used a couple of times and I know how invaluable
they are, for me, it just completes what is already brilliant
service offered at Macdonald Hotels."