Defibrillator investment pays off for Baylis

A £13,000 investment to install defibrillators at each Baylis dealership has proved its worth following a near-tragic incident at its MG showroom in Gloucester.

Robert Chamberlayne was visiting the Cole Avenue showrooms when he collapsed. His wife, a qualified nurse, recognised the signs of a cardiac arrest and asked if there was a defibrillator available.

Donna Williams retrieved the on-site Automated External Defibrillator and put the training she received into action without delay. The emergency services personnel praised how the situation was handled, and Chamberlayne has now made a full recovery.

This was the first time that an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) had been used at Baylis.

They were installed at each Baylis dealership in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and South Wales in 2018, with awareness training for all staff provided at the time. Meanwhile, the importance of defibrillators is now taught as part of the induction process for all new employees joining the business.

Baylis director Dave Jones said: “We wanted to make sure that, should the worst happen to an employee or a member of the public, we have the relevant equipment on hand that may save their life. At Baylis we are always looking to improve health and safety and feel that nowadays a defibrillator is as fundamental as a first aid kit. If the technology is there to help to save a life, it has to be worth every penny invested.”