The outstanding skills, resources and professionalism of the NHS saves lives every hour and every day of the year, throughout every corner of the United Kingdom.
Back in March this year HPS’s founder and co-owner, Gilbert Murphy, suffered a cardiac arrest whilst playing in a local Power League football tournament. Feeling slightly out of breath, Gilbert left the pitch to stand on the side-lines with a colleague. He then collapsed to the floor and went into cardiac arrest.
Often confused with a heart attack, a cardiac arrest is when the heart stops pumping blood and the person stops breathing normally.
Only around 5% of people survive cardiac arrest – that’s 1 in 20 people.
Thankfully, Gilbert survived because of a combination of luck, the fast actions of people nearby (including our team members Kelly, Andrei, and Steven), a defibrillator being on hand, the quick arrival of an ambulance and the professionalism of the hospital staff.
After spending a few nights in Nottingham City hospital, Gilbert was sent home with his wife, almost, but not quite, right as rain. After a couple of weeks of rest, he was back to work, feeling like his old self.
In the past 3 months, Gilbert has gone from strength to strength and is now in full health – although avoiding football for the foreseeable future.
As a ‘thank you’ to staff at the two Nottingham hospitals which saved his life, Gilbert presented a cheque to the wonderful Nottingham Hospitals Charity on the 14th June 2023.
The cheque was made up of a personal donation from Gilbert and a donation from HPS as a company.
Massive thanks to Joanne Burr and Rebecca Taylor for visiting HPS to receive the cheque – it was a genuine pleasure meeting you, telling you all about pigging technology and being able to show you around our factory.
The donation money is going to be put to fantastic use, improving the hospital environments and lives of patients and staff alike in a variety of different ways.
British Heart Foundation – For more information on cardiac arrest, please visit the British Heart Foundation website.
How to do CPR on an adult – This video from St John Ambulance teaches you the basics of CPR on an adult.
Defibrillator Finder UK – Find out where the closest defibrillator is to you using DefibFinderUK. Simply put in your postcode to see all available defibrillators in your area.