UK Bingo Halls Install Defibrillators

In the UK bingo halls take the health of players very seriously. Under doctor’s orders bingo halls have been equipped with heart machines to help revive overexcited players when they call ‘House.’ The defibrillator machines have been installed in two bingo halls in Eccles and Stalybridge. Earlier this year a defibrillator was used to save the life of Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba when he collapsed during a match. Staff at the bingo halls have been taught how to operate the defibrillator machines by the North West Ambulance Service.

The employees have also been instructed in how to recognize the sign of a heart attack and use CPR and the machines until paramedics arrive. The defibrillator machines automatically give instructions when the box is opened. The machines monitor heart activity once the pads are fitted on the patient and will shock if the heart is not beating regularly. If the machines are used swiftly they increase the chance of survival from 3% to 50%. The ambulance service plans to install more defibrillators in public places such as leisure and community centers frequented by pensioners.

Steve Nicholls, resuscitation development manager for the ambulance service told reporters “With a cardiac arrest, every minute really does count so it’s great the company are being so proactive. Around 200,000 people visit the Stalybridge bingo hall every year and as the customers tend to be a bit older it is a very good place to have a defibrillator.” The manager of the Stalybridge bingo hall, Keith Lee, said “We got the defibrillators fitted after hearing about the scheme to install them in public places and thought it would be good to have them here because a lot of our customers are a bit older.”

Bingo players at the bingo hall in Eccles welcomed the new defibrillators and said it makes them feel safer. Vicky Eardley, 28, from Salford, told reporters “It’s a good idea – you’ve got the right type of people here. I’ve never seen a heart attack in a bingo hall but I suppose you might have one with all the excitement.” Sophie Lynch said “It’ll save lives.” Christine Croft survived a heart attack three years ago. Croft stated “You never know, it might happen here – but I don’t worry, I just get on with life.” Maureen Mullins, 64, added “It’s reassuring to have them here. They should have them in more places.”