First defibrillators placed under lifesaving campaign
The first defibrillators have been placed at our housing schemes as part of our national campaign to protect people from sudden cardiac arrest.
AEDs (automated external defibrillators) have been launched at a number of our extra care courts with Crane Court and Osprey Court, in Portsmouth, and Mulberry Court, in Cirencester, among the first.
The Hearts & Homes campaign is being run in partnership with Hand on Heart, a charity which campaigns to reduce the number of deaths from sudden cardiac arrest. It will see all of our more than 120 extra care courts in the UK have a defibrillator installed in a secure cabinet on their outside wall so that they are available for the whole community to use, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The lifesaving devices don’t require training and can be used by anyone to help save somebody’s life if they suffer a sudden cardiac arrest by shocking the heart back into normal rhythm.
Kris Peach, our director of extra care, said: “We are delighted to place the first defibrillators of the Hearts & Homes campaign and as we speak more devices are being installed at courts.
“Tens of thousands of people die every year in the UK after suffering sudden cardiac arrest and the statistics show using a defibrillator could save many of those lives.
“More than 100 communities which will be protected by these lifesaving devices as part of this project, including thousands of our residents and staff and many more thousands who live in the surrounding area.”
An estimated 60,000 people die every year in the UK after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest and using an AED with CPR can increase the chance of someone surviving a from 6% to up to 74%.
Victoria Burrows, Hand on Heart Chief Executive, said: “Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the UK’s biggest killers and every second counts, so having defibrillators in communities available for anyone to use in the event of an emergency is vital.
“The devices are so easy to use and because they are in external cabinets it means the whole community will have access to it.
“We are so pleased to launch these lifesaving defibrillators as part of Hearts & Homes.”
In total some 4,300 of our properties will be protected as part of Hearts & Homes, as well as hundreds more new homes at schemes which are currently in development.
*Pictured are Mulberry Court resident Doris Land and court manager Claire Charlesworth with the court's new defibrillator