Defibrillator installed at the Chester Bus Interchange

15 March 2018

A defibrillator has been installed at the Chester Bus Interchange. The new lifesaving machine was fitted by the North West Ambulance Service by Stand A and is accessible 24hrs a day, seven days a week.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member Communities and Wellbeing said: “We are grateful to the North West Ambulance Service. Defibrillators can be lifesaving, they are safe and easy to use and will only shock someone if they require it. They are designed to guide the user through the process in such a way that anyone is able to use it.” All staff working at the Chester Bus Interchange have received training for using a defibrillator.

Robert Hussey, Community Resuscitation Manager, said: “The chance of survival is reduced by 10 per cent for every minute without CPR and defibrillation. 

“It’s vital that people in the community are made aware of what to do in the event of a cardiac arrest and are able to start life-saving work even before we’re able to get there.

“Early defibrillation gives patients in a cardiac arrest the best possible chance which is why it’s so important that community access defibrillators are available in as many places as possible. They’re so easy to use as the machine will tell you everything you need to know and you can’t do it wrong.

"In the event of a cardiac arrest, dial 999 as soon as possible and our emergency medical dispatcher will give you all the instructions you need. They’ll let you know if there is a defibrillator nearby and how to access it.”

Cheshire West and Chester Council has been running a Heartstart Scheme for over four years, offering training on basic emergency life support skills and how to use a defibrillator.

Since launching in 2013, over 1,500 people have been trained.

The two hour Heartstart training session includes:
  • helping a conscious casualty
  • getting help and using the recovery position
  • learning how to perform chest compressions and rescue breathing (CPR) 
  • dealing with a suspected heart attack
  • choking
  • serious bleeding
  • how to operate a defibrillator.
There are over 50 defibrillators around Chester city centre, members of the public making an emergency 999 call will be directed to the nearest unit. If you are interested in attending the Heartstart training, email: mark.simmons@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.


Defibrillator at Chester Bus Interchange
 

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