Over 90 representatives of lodges, chapters and other Masonic orders gathered in the Corinthian room at Liverpool Masonic Hall for a presentation and explanation of the workings of the defibrillators which have been recently installed in halls across the Province.
Two defibrillators have been donated to Liverpool Masonic Hall by another Masonic Order. Peter Connolly the Provincial Grand Master of the Order hosted the meeting. One defibrillator has been placed in the foyer adjacent to the hall manager’s office and the second in the hallway adjacent to the Adams Suite on the second floor. So far 22 Masonic Halls have been supplied with defibrillators at a cost of £31,000.
The event was organised by grand officer Mike Winterbottom and featured a demonstration of the equipment by Janet Graham, who is the Community Resuscitation Development Officer based at Elm House, the Liverpool headquarters of the North West Ambulance Service. She was accompanied by Kevin Garvey north area sales manager of the manufacturers Cardiac Science UK, who further explained and demonstrated the technical aspects of the equipment.
Janet’s demonstration was interspersed with video presentations of real life emergencies both in the UK and abroad which involved the use of defibrillators and cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Her talk was clear, comprehensive and detailed yet was easily understood by the lay person. It commenced with a description of the likely symptoms evident following the onset of a cardiac arrest and what danger signs to watch out
for prior to the deployment of the defibrillator equipment. A detailed account was given and demonstrated on the correct and safe usage of the machine and the importance of continuing CPR throughout the process. Janet continued by showing the audience the correct method for applying CPR. Members present were encouraged to ask questions and those who did were given full answers and explanations.
At the conclusion attendees were invited to try out CPR on dummy patients, which several of them did, supervised and advised by Janet and by members of the St John Ambulance who were present, including Peter Connolly’s young grandson Adam Waggott.
As a token of gratitude, Peter Connolly was subsequently presented with a gift by John Barnes Deputy Manager of Liverpool Masonic Hall.
Whilst everyone hopes that the equipment supplied will never have to be used, we also know that there is every likelihood that it will be required in the future. Everyone who uses Liverpool Masonic Hall should make themselves aware of the exact locations of the defibrillators and the instruction for their use.