SHOPPING JUST GOT SAFER; Dale's on Hand at St David's to Offer a Quick Response to Medical Emergencies

South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales), December 16, 2009 | Go to article overview

SHOPPING JUST GOT SAFER; Dale's on Hand at St David's to Offer a Quick Response to Medical Emergencies


Byline: Abby Alford

A PARAMEDIC has gone on duty in a shopping centre to look after the emergency health needs of its shoppers.

From his base in St David's in Cardiff, Dale Maguire can now reach any of the centre's shoppers within minutes.

Mr Maguire, who carries a full medical kit, has already treated people suffering from chest pains, stomach pains, epilepsy and diabetes.

His presence in the pounds 675m mall, which covers around 30% of the city centre, means patients can be reached quicker, giving them the best chance of recovery.

"It is early days but I am really enjoying this new role," said Mr Maguire, who responds to at least two incidents per shift on foot.

"Shoppers and staff appear to be reassured when they see me walking through the centre and on several occasions have been coming up to ask me questions. "Being here in the run-up to Christmas means I can provide a fast first response to people facing a health emergency."

Acting area ambulance officer GerryWilson said Mr Maguirewas directly linked to the ambulance service control room in Cwmbran so staff could direct him to any 999 call. He also has a communication link to the St David's control room, which will direct him to any incidents in the million-square-foot centre's shops.

"With certain conditions, seconds count," said Mr Wilson, adding Mr Maguire was ideally placed to respond. …

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