Scheme to fund public defibrillators goes live

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The British Heart Foundation has just launched a scheme to role out a nationwide network of life saving heart defibrillators thanks in part to the campaigning efforts of a local couple.

There are more than 30,000 cardiac arrests in the UK every year and while currently only one in ten cases survive, the BHF say the chances of survival are doubled if prompt CPR or defibrillation is applied.

Public access defibrillators are automated and need no prior specialist knowledge or training to use.

The Chancellor George Osborne announced he had set aside £1 million to fund the devices in his March budget after he met local campaigners Graham and Anne Hunter while on a visit to Botley earlier this year.

The Hunters, whose story has previously been featured on Eastleigh News, told the Chancellor how their 22 year-old daughter Claire died suddenly after her heart stopped while staying at a spa hotel.

The couple believe that if a defibrillator had been on site she might have been saved.

Shortly after the budget George Osborne told Eastleigh News he had been touched by the Hunter’s story and had them in mind when he decided to set public money aside.

The £1 million will be made available to community organisations that would benefit from public access defibrillators and CPR training and means there will be 580 more units in public places.

Organisations eligible to apply for the cash include charities, social enterprises, community groups and commercial organisations working in partnership the NHS Ambulance Service.

Graham Hunter said:

“Nothing can prepare you for losing a child but knowing that a simple piece of lifesaving equipment could have made all the difference, makes it even harder to come to terms with.

“When Claire died we made it our mission to ensure that more defibrillators are made available in public places and thankfully, this announcement means we are one step closer to making that happen. There is no question that this funding will help save lives and will prevent other families going through what we are going through.”

Organisations can check if they are eligible, and apply for the free community package including up to five public access defibrillators and a Call Push Rescue training kit by visiting: bhf.org.uk/defibsdh

  6 comments for “Scheme to fund public defibrillators goes live

  1. Keith House
    October 3, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    The Borough Council has funded defibrillators at Eastleigh House and main arts and EBC country parks in the Borough, and worked with town and parish councils in Botley, Hedge End and West End to fund them in other places. The more of these we can get up and visible in key locations the better.

    • David Rendall
      October 7, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Is that because we are more likely to have heart attacks stuck in Eastleigh’s daily gridlock and wont be able to go near a doctor because you cannot get an appointment for 10 weeks due to your councils ridiculous building plans £££££ kerching!

  2. October 3, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Good to hear. Nice to see EN posting again.

  3. Graham Hunter
    October 4, 2015 at 8:39 am

    There are useful apps on the South Central Ambulance site that you can download to find out the locations of the nearest Defib. http://www.scas.nhs.uk/campaigns/startaheart.ashx
    Don’t forget diall 999 in an emergency. The ambulance service will provide location and the key code to access the Defib, and despatch an ambulance.
    Also it should be noted that Hamble Valley Rotary funded a number of defibs in Hedge End, Curdridge and the QEII centre.
    Botley Parish Council have recently distributed a ‘How to use a defib’ in the Parish Newsletter.

    The more defibs we can get installed across the country the more lives that can be saved.

  4. Graham Hunter
    October 4, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    There are useful apps on the South Central Ambulance Service site that will give details of Defibrillator locations.
    The details are updated frequently. http://www.scas.nhs.uk/campaigns/startaheart.ashx
    Always dial 999 in an Emergency the Ambulance service will also tell you of the location of the nearest Defibrillator the access code number and despatch an Ambulance.
    Don’t wait for it to arrive, get on with saving a life!
    It should be noted that Botley Parish Council who funded two defibrillator s in Botley in 2014 with a third funded also in 2014 with A HCC Councilor grant, have also included in their latest Parish Newsletter instructions on how to use a Defibrillator. It is really easy!
    Hamble Valley Rotary have funded a number of Defibrillators in Hedge End, Curdridge and the QEII centre.

    We need more Defibrillators installed all over the Country to help save lives.

  5. Local
    October 5, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Hamble Valley Rotary funded Greta Park defibrillator and one at the the Bowling Club in Hedge End. Hedge End Town Council funded the one outside their office.

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