WHO WE ARE
London Hearts is a charity aiming to help and support communities with the provision of heart defibrillators and to teach CPR/Defibrillator skills.
Defibrillators (also known as AEDs - Automatic External Defibrillators) are medical devices that help and support a patient in cardiac arrest. In fact, they are the ONLY devices that can help when someone has a cardiac arrest. With the effective and speedy delivery of treatment, survival can be raised to 70 percent, but this requires CPR (chest compressions) and also use of a defibrillator. The chance of survival decreases 10% per minute after a cardiac arrest, so the faster help can be given the better the outcome. The process is known as the 'Chain of Survival'.
We are the leading heart charity in England for placing defibrillators in communities and delivering CPR and Defibrillator training. There are more than 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests across the UK every year but less than one in ten people survive. The more Defibrillators that are accessible, and the more people trained in how to use them, the better the chance of survival for someone who suddenly collapses from of a cardiac arrest. We ensure that communities obtain the correct defibrillator equipment, i.e schools require a dual functionality defibrillator which can be used on both adults and children with just a flick of the switch. We also ensure storage cabinets meet the correct requirements, conforming to health and safety and electrical safety requirements.
- To provide public access Defibrillators in England working with strategic partners. Ideally, we believe Defibrillators should be publicly accessible so they are ready to be used if and when they are needed.
- To raise awareness of heart conditions
- To ensure no one is ever further than 100M away from a Defibrillator
London Hearts works with Govia Thameslink, Grand Metropolitan Lodge, Foresight Grp, Southbank Research, Church Market Place, Lendlease and England Boxing as a preferred supplier and numerous other councils across England. London Hearts has helped some 2800 communities.