24th Jan, 2018

Brandwood welcome new defibrillator amid councillors plan to introduce more into borough

Shaun Reynolds 28th Jun, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A LIFESAVING defibrillator has been installed at newly opened Brandwood Clinic amid a campaign from local councillors to see more present throughout the borough.

Opened in April, Brandwood Clinic have donated use of the defibrillator to the public off their own accord and was installed in conjunction with the West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The campaign is being backed by both Coun Alex Insley and former Mayor Coun Ken Hawkins.

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.

It is possible to survive and recover from cardiac arrest, however chances of survival without immediate CPR attention are extremely low.

Coun Insley told The Observer he wants to see more people trained to use defibrillators with the ultimate aim being to save lives. He added: “Defibrillators are important for all residents in the borough.

“I am campaigning to have them placed in more visible areas and in more businesses across the ward.

“We’re attempting to raise awareness about the importance of defibrillators and let people know that they can save lives – we’d be interested in hearing businesses interested in getting them installed.

“It is essential to train more people to use them and create awareness with the hope of saving lives.

“Brandwood was chosen as it well located at the shops where most members of the public tend to be located – they also are keen to help promote health and help further in the local community.”

Companies interested in getting a suitable defibrillator donated can email alex.insley@solihull.gov.uk for further information.


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