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Trust invests in public defibrillators for Haverhill and Sawston

A public access defibrillator
A public access defibrillator

Defibrillators are to be placed in a dental surgery and three care homes in Haverhill, plus another care home in Sawston thanks to a large investment by the region’s ambulance trust.

The new automated external defibrillators (AED) are among 1,000 being bought by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust for placement in six counties in places such as libraries, schools, care homes, village halls and dental practices.

Anthony Marsh, Chief Executive of EEAST, said: “I’m delighted that we have started this important project to invest in the communities we serve by improving access to these lifesaving devices in key locations.

“Our ambulance crews aim to arrive at the scene of a cardiac arrest within minutes.

“However, every second counts and having a defibrillator on scene can make the vital difference between life or death.”

In Haverhill, defibrillators will be placed at Henderson House Dentists in Wratting Road, The Swallows, in Helions Bumpstead Road, The Meadows in Brybank Road and Place Court in Camps Road.

One will also be given to Orchard House Residential Care Home in High Street, Sawston.

An AED costs £800 and there will be training sessions provided at the locations that receive one.

All can be accessed by a member of staff or the public when a person goes into cardiac arrest.

Andrew Barlow, one of the Trust’s community partnership managers, added: “There are hundreds of defibrillators already located across the Trust.

“However, this investment will help to improve coverage in our communities and will undoubtedly help save lives and improve the outcomes for patients when they are called upon.”

It is hoped that all 1,000 will be in position by the end of March.

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