WHITBY’S world famous fish and chip restaurant proved it is all heart after buying specialist life-saving equipment to help treat members of the public who fall ill.
The Magpie Cafe, in Pier Road, has acquired a defibrillator machine which restarts a patient’s heart if they go into cardiac arrest and 10 members of staff have been trained up on how to use it.
It is in case a member of staff or a customer falls ill but will also be used to treat members of the public should the need arise because of how busy the town gets and how stretched the ambulance service is in this area.
Paul Gildroy, head chef, said: “Purchasing this was for ourselves as a restaurant but this is also available for if somebody needs it out in the street, or anywhere within a reasonable distance.
“When town is busy, it can be really, really busy and unfortunately the ambulance service can’t cope with it.
“We have had people collapse or faint here and sometimes it has taken half an hour for an ambulance to get here through no fault of its own – it is just because the service is so stretched which is a shame.
“We hope we don’t have to use it but it is there if we do.”
The equipment, designed so a seven-year-old can operate it, is easy to use and staff underwent three-hour training sessions with St John Ambulance.
Mr Gildroy added: “The machine talks you through it, all you have to do is make sure you put the pads on correctly and do CPR in between.”