At the end of 2014 six new Community Public Access Defibrillators were installed in and around Hornsea, providing vital lifesaving equipment if somebody suffers a cardiac arrest.
The new machines are at Hornsea School, The Golf Club, Town Hall, Floral Hall, The Black Horse Pub at Atwick and Aldbrough School. The purchase of the Defibrillators has been funded jointly by Hornsea Cottage Hospital League of Friends and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
Last Saturday, Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart, who is always campaigning for more Defibrillators, called in to a coffee morning in Hornsea to thank Hornsea Cottage Hospital League of Friends for the work they did to raise money for the new machines.
Graham said, “None of these new Defibrillators would be here if it wasn’t for the great work Hornsea Cottage Hospital League of Friends has done to raise the money needed to buy them.
“It was good to have the opportunity to call in and personally thank them. Residents of Hornsea and surrounding area can be assured there is a Defibrillator nearby due to the money the ‘Friends’ have raised.
“People should familiarise themselves with the location of these new Defibrillators and, if they can, take the time to do a two hour training course to learn how to use one.”
June Barton from Hornsea Cottage Hospital League of Friends commented, “All the money raised by the Hornsea Cottage Hospital League of Friends comes from our fundraising efforts such as our quarterly Coffee Mornings and Membership Day when people can either renew their membership or join up for as little as £1.
“Several years ago we changed our constitution to include both the GPs surgery and the wider community as well the hospital. Recently we purchased a 5 Step ENT microscope and a HSW -flexible Nasopharyngoscope for the Ear Nose and Throat Clinic which operates once a month at our hospital. We are currently funding an audiology booth and its component parts to allow this clinic to be held weekly instead of monthly. This should be delivered towards the end of March and thus alleviate the necessity for Hornsea patients to have to travel to Castle Hill or Hull Royal Infirmary. We are also funding a new Cautery Machine for the GPs surgery.
“By working with the Humber Foundation Trust, our aim is to have as many out-patient clinics in Hornsea as possible and once the public are aware that our objective is to help purchase the necessary equipment to make this a reality, we find they are extremely generous.
“Anyone wishing to help us can do so by supporting our Coffee Mornings and in particular Membership Day in June or make a donation to the Hornsea Cottage Hospital League of Friends.”