During his visit to Northern Ireland, His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester toured the HeartSine Technologies facility to learn more about the company and its highly regarded research, development and production activities. The company recently came to the attention of HRH when it was acquired in September by leading emergency medical response company Physio-Control.
On arrival at HeartSine, The Duke of Gloucester was greeted by Sir Nigel Hamilton KCB DL, The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of the County Borough of Belfast, who presented the company’s Chief Executive Officer Declan O’Mahoney and General Manager Frank Flynn.
The facility tour included an introduction to HeartSine’s long history of innovation in public access defibrillation, as well as a tour of the Research and Development facilities where HRH was given a preview of upcoming products.
During his visit, HRH heard from sudden cardiac arrest survivor, Joe Dunne, who was saved by a HeartSine AED while in Dublin training for a marathon. While touring the production facilities where over 30,000 HeartSine devices are manufactured annually, HRH met the HeartSine production operatives who assembled the AED that saved Dunne’s life.
“HeartSine’s recent acquisition by Physio-Control puts us on track to become the world’s largest provider of defibrillators,” says O’Mahoney. “Given the fact that Belfast was the first city to adopt defibrillators in ambulances, it is fitting that such a strong global resuscitation business is growing from Belfast.
“We are honored to be visited today by The Duke of Gloucester, and to have the opportunity to discuss with him our ideas to make these islands the safest place in Europe with regard to an out-of-hospital cardiac event. Our expansion plans for Belfast in terms of investment in high tech facilities and jobs is a testament to our commitment to growth in the UK.”
To close his visit, HRH presented a samaritan PAD 500P Automated External Defibrillator, gifted by the company, to Lt Col C T Hogg MBE DL for The Orders of St John Care Trust (http://www.osjct.co.uk/).