HELP IS at hand for anyone suffering a cardiac arrest in Earlswood as a public access defibrillator has been installed.
The life-saving equipment is on the gate to 1st Salter Street Scout headquarters, and is accessible 24/7 from the school car park on Salter Street.
The defibrillator was donated by St John Ambulance in partnership with NatWest for the benefit of the community, including St Patrick’s Primary Academy, 1st Salter Street Scout Group, St Patrick’s Church and local residents.
The defibrillator cabinet also contains a public access bleed control kit, donated by NHS Charities Together in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service.
Ian and the team from MW Electrical volunteered their time to install this defibrillator cabinet completely and the parts for the installation were provided free by Flick Electrical Wholesale.
Jake Wilshaw, area manager for St John Ambulance in Solihull, said: “This has been a great team effort to get this invaluable piece of equipment installed in Solihull.
“Now, anyone needing a defibrillator who calls for an ambulance will be directed to this one if it is the most convenient one nearby.
“Defibrillators are very easy to use and can deliver a notable increase in the chances of survival from a cardiac arrest if deployed quickly alongside cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved in installing the defibrillator for their generosity in bringing this local community project to fruition.”