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Lifesaving defibrillators are being installed around Preston

Posted on - 20th August, 2018 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, Locations, Penwortham, Preston City Centre, Preston News
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Numerous Preston locations will now be equipped with lifesaving defibrillators as part of a county-wide campaign.

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Lancashire Lifesavers campaign is helping to install the equipment across the county, with the help of £30,000 investment from Lancashire County Council.

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and BBC Radio Lancashire are also supporting the effort.

People nominated suitable locations for the devices to be installed and now the final list has been revealed.

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Selected venues include nature reserves, pubs, schools, shops, sports clubs and places of worship.

Cabinets have been provided in some venues which already have a defibrillator, but it is currently only available when the venue is open.

The cabinet, which can be fitted on exterior walls, will allow public access at any time.

Jamea Masjid, Lady Elsie Finney Housea, Lancaster Canal Marina,Walton Summit Industrial Estate and Preston City Centre will see defibrillators installed.

Kirkham Conservative Club and Penwortham’s Vernon Carus Cricket and Sports Club will have cabinets installed.

Brockholes Nature Reserve, Roberts and Co in Penwortham and Preston City Centre will see defibrillators and cabinets installed.

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County Councillor Geoff Driver CBE, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “I am delighted that this lifesaving equipment is to be installed across Lancashire, and that it is the County Council that is helping to make this happen.

“Lancashire Lifesavers has been an absolutely brilliant campaign. More than 2,500 people have been trained in how to give CPR, including myself, through the campaign and now it is great to know that lifesaving equipment will soon be available to help save lives all across the county.

“Around 30,000 cardiac arrests happen out of hospital in the UK every year. If people receive CPR quickly from someone and can also use a defibrillator, they have a much better chance of surviving and recovering.”

Community Resuscitation Manager at NWAS, Chris Hyde, , said: “We really hope that these defibrillators will make a real difference should someone suffer from a cardiac arrest.

“We have a simple message here at NWAS. The chance of survival is reduced by 10% for every minute without CPR and defibrillation, so the more people who have CPR training and access to defibrillators the better.

“The most important thing is to act quickly as just a few minutes can make all the difference.”

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