LAUNCH OF DEFIBRILLATOR PARTNERSHIP – REDBRIDGE COUNCIL AND LONDON HEARTS CHARITY

17 February 2019

On Thursday 14th February 2019 this important life-saving partnership launched at Valentine’s Mansion in Ilford. This initiative will see the largest ever roll out of public access defibrillators by a London Council in a bid to save lives.

Over 1,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest every year in the capital.

Redbridge Council has joined forces with the London Hearts campaign to install the equipment in local communities across the east London borough.

Defibrillators are set up to allow anyone to use them by following the instructions.  

The defibrillators will be available at all times and kept inside distinctive, yellow cabinets.

Deputy Leader at Redbridge Council Cllr Kam Rai said: “As councillors we stood to make a real difference and to benefit our communities. This project is something I have held dear and I am really proud councillors and officers have helped deliver it.

“We are committed to improving lives so I am absolutely delighted that we are rolling out these vital defibrillators so that the local communities we serve will be able to benefit from their use.  In an emergency, a defibrillator can be the difference between life and death, which is why we are ensuring that this essential equipment is installed in high-traffic areas where anyone can reach them and provide the crucial response in a life-threatening situation.

 “It does not end here, and we are continuing to provide initiatives to provide health and wellbeing advice and facilities across the borough to improve the heart health of our residents.”     

A person’s chance of surviving a cardiac arrest increases from 6 Percent to over 70 Percent if they are treated with a defibrillator and effective CPR is performed within the first five minutes.

The Redbridge project is being funded by the council’s Community Infrastructure Levy, which each year allocates 15 per cent to pay for local projects, school improvements, leisure centres, health care facilities, transport and public areas.

The council will launch a public awareness campaign with London Hearts to promote the location of the defibrillators and the training opportunities available locally.       

Kimberley Lloyd, Operations Manager for London Hearts said: “As a result of their partnership with London Hearts, Redbridge Council have demonstrated their pioneering commitment to heart health within their community.”

The new life-saving equipment will be in easily accessible public places, to give immediate help to those who collapse from severe heart problems.

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For further details on how to apply for a defibrillators and free cpr and defibrillator training from London Hearts Charity please click https://londonhearts.org/apply-online

 

 

Notes to Editors

  • London Hearts, established by Kimberley Lloyd, are the heart charity of England for placing defibrillators in communities and delivering CPR and defibrillator training in England.
  • Cardiovascular disease accounts for a third of all deaths in United England, where the death rate is higher than in the majority of countries in Western Europe.
  • Research shows that over 90 Percent of sudden cardiac arrests in young athletes happen either during or immediately after exercise and those with an inherited heart condition can be up to three times as likely to suffer a sudden cardiac arrest if they participate in intensive or strenuous exercise.
  • A defibrillator is an automatic device that can be used by the public to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm during cardiac arrest.
  • For every minute without CPR and defibrillation, a person’s chance of survival decreases by around 10 per cent.
  • By performing CPR and using a defibrillator until an ambulance arrives, you can help double the victim’s chance of survival.
  • London Hearts aim to provide public-access defibrillators and free defibrillator and CPR training for the English public in close partnership with strategic partners.

 

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