22 December 2015 - New Community Access Defibrillator Installed In Alsager

Alsager CPAD

Councillor Shirley Jones, Alex McNee (Alsager Defibrillator Club), Mark Allen (Community Specialist Paramedic)

Residents in Alsager will now benefit by having round the clock access to vital life-saving equipment as a Community Public Access Defibrillator (CPAD) has been installed outside the Alsager Civic Centre.

Thanks to funding from the Alsager Defibrillator Club and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) the defibrillator can be used by members of the local community to help in an emergency if someone suffers a cardiac arrest.  

A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone – young or old, at any time and the use of a defibrillator and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) within the first few minutes, while professional help is on the way, can improve the chances of the patient surviving by up to 70 per cent.

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are small machines which ‘shock’ a person’s heart into restarting. They are easy to use as they talk through the process and they won’t deliver a shock unless it is required and there is no clinical training required to be able to use them.

Mark Allen, NWAS Community Specialist Paramedic for Alsager, said: “It’s great to see this life-saving equipment now installed in the heart of Alsager at the Civic Centre, so it can benefit the whole community if someone suddenly suffers a cardiac arrest.

“It is important to start CPR but also to provide defibrillation as soon as possible to give the patient the best possible chance, as for every minute without help reduces the chance of survival by 10 per cent.

“This will be the second 24 hour defibrillator available in the town with the other AED based at New Milton House Care Home. There has been an AED at the Alsager Civic for a number of years now, but this is now more accessible for everyone in case of an emergency.”