Licensees take part in heart disease initiative

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Licensees in Rossington in Doncaster are taking part in a major new initiative to try and reduce the number of deaths from in the area from heart...

Licensees in Rossington in Doncaster are taking part in a major new initiative to try and reduce the number of deaths from in the area from heart disease.

The South Yorkshire town has been described by medical experts as a heart disease "hot-spot" with more than 20 local people dying from the disease every year.

But now thanks to a £42,000 pilot scheme funded by the Doncaster Health Authority and the South Yorkshire Coalfields Health Action Zone, 11 shops and clubs in the town - including the Rossington Labour and Social Club and the Rossington Men's Club will have special defibrillator machines installed.

Barstaff at both the outlets have undergone special training on how to use these hi-tech machines which work by delivering an electric shock to re-start a heart that has stopped pumping.

During a three-month survey carried out by South Yorkshire Ambulance Service, emergency crews responded to eight 999 calls from the village for cardiac or respiratory arrest incidents and a further 22 calls from people complaining of chest pains.

The pilot scheme will be evaluated by the University of Sheffield's School of Health and Related Research and could be rolled out to other heart disease hot-spots if it proves successful.

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