New Community Defibrillator For Beeston.

This life-saving defibrillator has been installed on Central Avenue, Beeston, with the help of local Cllrs Steve and Barbara Carr and in partnership with the Community Heartbeat Trust (CHT).

I was kindly invited as the #MayorOfBroxtowe to cut the ribbon and speak to residents and business owners about the importance of 24hr Community Defibrillators.

Steve and Babs have already set up, and help maintain, another piece of equipment on the other side of the A52 within the Beeston North ward. However, it was recognised that the Beeston Fields Estate, as a densely populated area, was also in need of a defibrillator.

Steve has used his County Councillors Divisional Fund to pay for both of these pieces of vital equipment.

It is not just about the defibrillator though.

Martin Fagan who is the National Secretary of CHT, and was there with us today, knows that these are medical devices and therefore need to be properly and sustainable managed by an effective governance system.

Being accessible to the Public the correct liability insurance is also needed.

The CHT address all of these needs via their Managed Solution approach.

Many residents from the local community have already pulled together and set up groups in order keep the equipment safe and operational. Well done to them for volunteering.

Cardiac arrest happens around 100,000 a year in the UK.

Statistics suggest that using CPR alone saves about 5% of people who suffer a cardiac arrest. CPR and using an Automated External Defibrillator increases the chances of survival to 50%.

So this is a really important piece of community equipment and congratulations to everyone who has been involved in its installation and those who will support it going forwards.

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