A new community defibrillator has been installed at Lowes Estate, Beeston thanks to the hard work and persistence of local people to secure the life-saving equipment, working with the Community Heartbeat Trust Charity.
The money for the equipment and its maintenance was secured via the County Council’s Discretionary Fund and applied for by local Councillor, Steve Carr.
The new equipment is in one of only two locations in the Borough currently without easy access to a defibrillator and will provide 24-hour access to the vital lifesaving equipment to residents of the Lowes Estate and parts of Bramcote.
Upon receiving a call the ambulance service will direct the caller to the machine and will issue the access code.
Local Councillor, Barbara Carr said: “Too many people die each year from heart attacks. Access to this vital piece of equipment could be the difference between someone living and someone sadly passing away. I hope that local residents feel reassured knowing they have access to a defibrillator in this area now.”
Sudden Cardiac Arrest happens around 100,000 times a year in the UK making it one of the UK’s largest killers. Statistics suggest that the CPR alone saves just 5% of people who suffer from a sudden cardiac arrest. However, CPR and using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) increases the chances of survival to 50%.
The defibrillator delivers an electric shock to the heart in an attempt to re-stabilise the rhythm following a cardiac arrest. In the event of an emergency, the person who called 999 for an ambulance would be given the code to the cabinet and have immediate access to the device.