THE ambulance service has praised an off-duty nurse who tried to revive a man who had a cardiac arrest.

The 63-year-old patient later started to breathe for himself again after paramedics treated him with a defibrillator and advanced life support.

An air ambulance was called to outside the Mount Pleasant Hotel, Belle Vue Terrace, Malvern, at noon on Saturday, August 19.

Two land ambulances also arrived and one of them took the man to Worcestershire Royal Hospital. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The patient has been given the best possible chance of survival thanks to someone being prepared to carry out CPR [cardiopulmonary resuscitation] almost immediately.

“For every minute after a patient’s heart has stopped beating, their chance of survival drops by 10 per cent. CPR is a truly lifesaving gift that we would encourage everyone to learn.”

The Midlands Air Ambulance helicopter was dispatched from Strensham and landed in Malvern Link Common.

An eyewitness said: “A gentleman had collapsed outside the Mount Pleasant Hotel and was being given CPR by a member of the public when I passed.

“The ambulance arrived several minutes later.”

and the helicopter a short while after.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service was at the scene within seven minutes of receiving a report about the incident.

The Worcester News was not able to confirm whether the patient has recovered due to patient confidentiality.