23 June 2015 - Life-saving Defibrillator Replaced by NWAS in Ormskirk

A defibrillator specially placed in Ormskirk to protect residents from life-threatening cardiac arrests in the vicinity has been replaced by the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) after it was vandalised earlier in the year. 

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Picture from left: Cllr Kevin Wright, Cabinet Member for Health and Community Safety, Mark Wenman, Community Paramedic for West Lancashire, Cheryl Pickstock, NWAS Chain of Survival lead for Lancashire andSue Murrin-Bailey, Lancashire Defibrillator Campaign.


The original Community Publically Accessible Defibrillator (CPAD), which was placed outside the West Lancashire Borough Council office in Ormskirk, was kindly donated by The Lancashire Defibrillator Campaign (LDC) set up by the former Mayoress Sue Murrin-Bailey.


The vandals removed the defibrillator, damaged the equipment and left it in a nearby car park, potentially putting the lives of residents at serious risk. NWAS worked closely with West Lancashire Borough Council to get the new defibrillator installed, ensuring the vital work of the LDC could be upheld to protect local residents.


Cheryl Pickstock, NWAS Chain of Survival lead for Lancashire, said: “It was really disappointing when the defibrillator was vandalised. When a defibrillator is not available, the rate of survival for someone suffering from a cardiac arrest is significantly reduced.


“It was great that NWAS were able to find the funding for a replacement CPAD and work with West Lancashire Borough Council to get the entire unit replaced outside the Council building. I hope this equipment is treated with a great deal more respect than the last one. The sooner a defibrillator can be used on a patient, the greater chance they have of surviving. A big thank you to all the organisations involved for doing so much to promote heart health locally - I’ve no doubt it will save lives in the future.”


Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “Vandalising life-saving equipment such as defibrillators puts people’s lives at risk. We are very pleased that this vital piece of equipment has been replaced and happy to have it available at our offices.”


If you have any information which may help the police with their investigation please contact Lancashire Police on 101 and quote the incident number ‘1317’ of 2nd February 2015. Or you can get in touch with the local neighbourhood policing team direct on 01695 566444 or via email CK.NPT@lancashire.pnn.police.uk



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