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Mount Gould Local Care Centre to benefit from Community Defibrillator

4th August 2017

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) has worked in partnership with Livewell Southwest to launch a community defibrillator outside Mount Gould Local Care Centre.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are purposely easy to use. Anyone can use them – the machines themselves talk you through what to do, and that, alongside advice from our emergency call-handlers, means that anyone can help to save a life.

Cardiac arrest does not discriminate against age, sex or fitness – it can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time. It can be caused by many things including heart attacks, strokes and major trauma, early defibrillation for patients in cardiac arrest can make all the difference to the outcome.

As the most rural Ambulance Service in the country, SWASFT plays a huge role in ensuring that communities have access to a defibrillator. It is exceptionally important and plays a huge part in getting people the care they need, immediately – which is what is required in a cardiac arrest situation.

Steve Waite, Chief Executive of Livewell Southwest said “Livewell Southwest is delighted to be able to announce that we have supported our second community based defibrillator. Having resources available for local people to access, dramatically improves the outcome of a person experiencing a cardiac arrest outside of hospital. This new equipment will hopefully provide the local  community and ambulance service with a high quality resource for use in such an emergency.”

Justin Sharples, Assistant Responder Officer for Devon SWASFT said: “The first few minutes of a cardiac arrest are absolutely crucial so having this life-saving equipment available, while the Ambulance is en-route, gives the patient the best possible chance of survival. The more communities we can support in having their own defibrillator, the better.”

“The better equipped with the knowledge and confidence to administer CPR and the more defibrillators there are available, the more people we can save. We encourage all businesses and workplaces to have defibrillators and CPR-trained people available to respond in an emergency situation. The work carried out by our Community First Responders is also invaluable, thank you to everyone who responds for us.”