A defibrillator is now available on the exterior wall of the Natwest Bank in Borehamwood. The machine is available 24/7 and is registered with the local ambulance service.

A fundraising campaign was set up when Baby Safe Training got in touch wanting to increase the availability of defibrillators in their local area. The project was completed after funding was secured from the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme.

Bags of Help is Tesco’s exciting local grant scheme where the money raised from the government’s bag charge is being used to fund a large number of local projects to create or improve green spaces in communities’ right across England, Scotland and Wales.

A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time and following the four steps in the chain of survival can help to increase the patient chances of survival.

  • Call 999
  • Commence CPR
  • Early Defibrillation
  • Early Advanced Life Support

Defibrillators are easy to use and come with either verbal or visual step by step instructions. The machines are designed to be used by anyone with or without prior training. Anyone needing a defibrillator should call 999 in the first instance and the call handler will advise where the nearest one is and how to access it. If effective CPR and a defibrillator can be applied within the first 3-5 minutes of collapse the chances of survival for the victim can increase from 6%-74%. Without immediate treatment, 90%-95% of patients will die.

Huge thanks to Baby Safe Training and Natwest (Borehamwood) for making this installation possible.