Wales’ National Museums install defibrillators

The defibrillators have been placed at all museums and staff at each museum have been trained on how to use the lifesaving equipment.

Following on from the installation of a defibrillator at Big Pit National Coal Museum in 2011, the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust has extended the Public Access Defibrillation Scheme (PADS) and installed new Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on each site available for use by members of the public and staff in the event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

Former Dr Who assistant, actress Katy Manning and Welsh Ambulance service show off the new defibrillator

Paul Green, Senior Deputy at Big Pit added: “Safety is a primary concern for us, we welcome visitors every day and having the defibrillator underground at Big Pit gives staff and visitors that extra peace of mind.
“In 2011 the Big Pit was the first place in the UK’s to house a defibrillator underground in a coalmine, and we are proud to have worked with the Welsh Ambulance Service to extend this process to safeguard all those who visit our seven sites each year.”

Entry to the Museum is free, thanks to the support of the Welsh Assembly Government.
Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales operates seven museums across Wales: National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans National History Museum, National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon, Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, National Wool Museum, Drefach Felindre, National Slate Museum, Llanberis and the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.