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Defibrillator scheme up for national award

Defibrillator scheme up for national award

Date published: 06 September 2017
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West Lindsey District Council has been shortlisted for a national award for installing 30 life-saving defibrillators across the district.

The UK Heart Safe Awards is the UK’s leading national awards competition to celebrate organisations and employers who invest in creating ‘Heart Safe’ environments and the acts of individuals who have saved lives while at work or leisure.

The council has been shortlisted in the Public Sector Organisation of the Year category after being nominated by the charity LIVES.

LIVES, who worked with the council to deliver the scheme, has 700 volunteers who give up their spare time to respond to 999 medical emergencies in their communities across greater Lincolnshire, helping more than 20,000 people each year.

They get there fast to deliver that vital immediate care to their neighbours in those critical first moments before handing over to the ambulance service.

Cllr Sheila Bibb, chairman of the council’s Prosperous Communities Committee, said the council was ‘delighted’ with the nomination.

She said: “It is wonderful that LIVES nominated us for our work to provide community accessible defibrillators across West Lindsey. So far 30 defibrillators have been installed in locations across the district, and there are plans to install a further 20 in the coming months.

“Having access to a nearby defibrillator can greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to administer lifesaving support. They give the best possible chance for someone to survive until medical services arrive.”

The scheme has seen 30 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) installed across the district. AEDs are portable devices that can be used on someone having a heart attack.

They check the heart rhythm and send an electric shock to the heart to try and restore it to normal. In the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest, the time it takes to administer aid is critical.

To find out more about the scheme and the locations of the defibrillators visit www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/defib

The UK Heart Safe awards will take place on Friday 3 November 2017. To find out more visit www.ukheartsafeawards.co.uk

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