Oldham schemes protected by lifesaving defibs
Lifesaving defibrillators will be placed in 12 communities in Oldham to help protect residents from one of the UK’s biggest killers – sudden cardiac arrest.
Oldham Council and Housing & Care 21 are partnering with the charity Hand on Heart to place the automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at 12 housing schemes for older people.
The lifesaving devices, a number of which have already been placed, can be used by anyone to shock the heart and help restore a normal rhythm should a sudden cardiac arrest occur. They will be stored in external cabinets so they are available for the whole community to use.
The Hearts & Homes initiative - a national £220,000 campaign - is the biggest single commitment by a housing provider to place AEDs across its housing stock and schemes it manages on behalf of local authorities. It will see us place defibrillators at all 122 of our extra care schemes in the UK.
Bridget Guilfoyle, our Oldham Project Director, said: “We are delighted to be working with Hand on Heart for what really is a life-saving project.
“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.
“Hearts & Homes will see 12 of Oldham’s communities protected by these lifesaving devices, including our residents and staff and many more people who live in the surrounding areas.”
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%.
Councillor David Hibbert, Cabinet Member for Housing, Planning and Transport, said: “We are pleased to be partnering with Housing & Care 21 on this campaign as it will hopefully help to make our communities safer for residents.
“Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the UK’s biggest killers and every second counts, so having defibrillators across the borough available for anyone to use in the event of an emergency is vital.
“The devices are so easy to use and because they will be placed in external cabinets it means the whole community will have access to them in the event of an emergency.”
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 Oldham 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 and Oldham is now a safer place as a result.”
Pictured: Oldham Project Director for Housing & Care 21, Bridget Guilfoyle and Councillor David Hibbert at Trinity House