Lifesaving defibrillators placed in Bridlington
Two defibrillators have been launched in Bridlington as part of our national campaign to help protect people from one of the UK’s biggest killers - sudden cardiac arrest.
The AEDs (automated external defibrillators) have been placed at Applegarth Court and at Humber NHS Foundation Trust’s Health Trainer shop, in the town, as part of our Hearts & Homes campaign.
They can be used by anyone to shock someone’s heart back into rhythm if they suffer a cardiac arrest and are placed in external cabinets so they are available for the whole community to use.
We installed a device at Applegarth Court, an extra care housing scheme for older people, and another device was donated to Yorkshire Ambulance Trust by the organisation to say thank you for the work it is doing to provide familiarisation training to residents and staff at Applegarth and other schemes it runs in Yorkshire and the Humber. Yorkshire Ambulance Trust chose to place the second defibrillator at the Health Trainer shop because of its central location.
Kris Peach, our director of extra care, said: “We are delighted to launch these lifesaving defibrillators in Bridlington as part of our Hearts & Homes campaign and to be working with both Yorkshire Ambulance Trust and Humber NHS Foundation Trust.
“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.
“Bridlington is one of more than 120 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.”
Paul Stevens, Head of Community Resilience at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “It is a real benefit for local communities to have their own defibrillator located in a public place with an access code easily available from the ambulance service.
“Having easy access to a community Public Access Defibrillator (cPAD) means that immediate life-saving care can be provided in an emergency situation, such as cardiac arrest, in the vital minutes before the ambulance arrives.
“We know that in many medical emergencies the first few minutes are critical and if effective treatment can be performed, lives can be saved and disability reduced. The importance of the Chain of Survival, including early recognition, calling 999, bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and early defibrillation, cannot be underestimated.
“Using a defibrillator, which delivers a controlled electric shock to stop the heart so that it can naturally return to a normal rhythm, is very straightforward and can be carried out by anyone as the machine itself talks the user through what to do step-by-step.
“These pieces of kit really do have the potential to help to save more lives and are an important asset to any community.”
Natalie Belt, service manager and chair of Bridlington Partnership Board at Humber NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We actively work to not only address the needs of the local community through lifestyle interventions but offer every opportunity to get help, support and guidance were possible by having the defibrillator attached to the central location in town we hope that throughout the summer months especially we can offer a resource that is accessible to all in an emergency. We would like to thank Housing & Care 21 for their valuable contribution to the Bridlington Community.”
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, and will see all 122 of our extra care courts have a defibrillator installed.
Hand on Heart will place a defibrillator at a local school for every ten placed by Housing & Care 21.
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 5% to up to 75%.
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 the ones in Bridlington are in an external cabinet it means the whole community will have access to it.”
In total some 4,300 of the housing and care provider’s properties at our122 existing schemes will be protected as part of Hearts & Homes, as well as hundreds more new homes at schemes which are currently in development.
Pictured: l to r Paul Stevens, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Chantelle Darby and Jo Varley, Housing & Care 21, David Watkinson and Josie Baker, residents at Applegarth Court and Natalie Belt, Humber NHS Trust.