A new publicly accessible Automatic External Defibrillator has been installed at Body Bank Gym & Fitness on High Street, Cheadle. This defibrillator is sited by the entrance to the gym and was provided by JCB.  The unit has also been registered with the local ambulance service making it accessible to the general public in emergency situations.

Councillor Elizabeth Whitehouse said “The defibrillator was donated by JCB in their 75th anniversary year as a continued show of support for their community. I started the Defibrillators for Cheadle project after the loss of our ambulance post, I felt the community needed some fall back if anything was to happen that is so time critical.”

Jamie Richards, Chief Executive of AEDdonate; who supplied the AED said “The chance of survival after Sudden Cardiac Arrest decreases minute by minute, but if someone is shocked with a Defibrillator within 3 minutes their chance of survival increases by 70 %.”

“Having an AED within a 1/2-mile radius from wherever you are I believe is a must. We would welcome further communities to get in touch to see if we can help.”

 

AEDdonate covers the whole of the UK to raise awareness, knowledge and confidence in the safe use of defibrillators and CPR as well as fitting them within local communities.

To donate to the charity from home visit aeddonate.org.uk, or to discuss fundraising for a community defibrillator in your local area call 01785 472 224.

If anyone dials 999 to a patient who is in cardiac arrest in the area, the caller will be advised on the location of the defibrillator and provided with the code to open the secure cabinet in which it is housed. The ambulance call assessor has the ability to talk to any caller, defibrillator trained or not, through instructions on how to use the device as well as CPR techniques. The defibrillator itself also provides voice guidance throughout and pictorial guides are also present.

If you would like more information on how you or your business can donate a defibrillator to a Community Public Access Site visit www.aeddonate.org.uk