6 June 2019 - Residents in Allerdale to Benefit from Life-saving Devices

Defib Phone Box

Ten life-saving devices will be installed in public places across Allerdale thanks to a partnership between the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), Cumbria County Council and the Community Heart Beat Trust.

A £17,400 grant has been presented to the North West Ambulance Charity from Cumbria County Council’s Allerdale Local Committee which will be spent on ten life-saving defibrillators to be placed in various prominent locations around Allerdale.

The automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are small machines which can be used by members of the local community to help in an emergency if someone suffers a cardiac arrest. The AEDs ‘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. With help from the Community Heart Beat Trust, several of the AEDs will be installed in newly refurbished phone boxes.

Conversion of the phone boxes is part of a national scheme helping local communities to install defibrillators in adopted phone boxes across the UK, storing them in well recognised, safe, weather proof locations.

Lauren Watson, Chain of Life Co-ordinator for NWAS, said “Early defibrillation gives patients in cardiac arrest the best possible chance of survival which is why it’s so important that community access defibrillators are available in as many places as possible.

“The chance of survival for a person in cardiac arrest is reduced by 20 per cent for every minute without CPR and defibrillation.

“Residents in Allerdale will now benefit by having round the clock access to lifesaving equipment if someone suddenly suffers a cardiac arrest”.

Tony Markley, Chair of Allerdale Local Committee from Cumbria County Council, said “Cumbria County Council is delighted to support North West Ambulance Service Charity with a grant to purchase these important life-saving machines.

“The installation of the defibrillators will benefit our local communities who have been campaigning for some time for more machines in rural areas”.

Martin Fagan, National Secretary from the Community Heart Beat Trust charity, said “It’s satisfying to be involved in such an important project, bringing redundant phone boxes back to life so that they can be put to good use, potentially saving someone’s life in the future.”