Life-saving defibrillator for Air Ambulance Charity shop in Braintree
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has installed a potentially life-saving defibrillator outside of its shop on the High Street in Braintree.
The purchase of the equipment, which is designed to be safely used by untrained members of the public, and its cabinet, was made possible after EHAAT was generously awarded a grant by The Friends of Braintree Community Hospital. It reaffirms the charity’s commitment to installing Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) outside its premises, making them accessible, so that, should a sudden cardiac arrest occur, assistance can be given at the very earliest opportunity.
Pamela Maskell of The Friends of Braintree Community Hospital commented: ‘The Friends of Braintree Community Hospital are pleased to have been able to provide funds for the placement of the defibrillator outside the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance shop on the High Street. The fundraising by the Hospital Friends volunteers has been able to provide a number of defibrillators, which are placed in various locations throughout Braintree, as we feel it is of vital importance to have a good coverage and availability in the community.’
Cllr Andrew Hensman, Chairman of Braintree District Council has spent a number of years campaigning for, and coordinating a programme, to place as many public access defibrillators around the town as possible.
He said: “I was honoured to have been invited to the official unveiling of the new defibrillator and see it come to fruition. It’s great that the Friends of Braintree Community Hospital have enabled EHAAT to join the Braintree and Bocking network of defibrillators, meaning there are more CPADs for residents and visitors in the town, greatly increasing the chances of survival for someone in cardiac arrest.”
Pam Withrington, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at EHAAT said: “We are very grateful to The Friends of Braintree Community Hospital for their generosity in funding this defibrillator. The Hospital Friends are long standing supporters of EHAAT and thanks to their grant this potentially life-saving piece of equipment has been made available to the people of Braintree. We are also pleased that this defibrillator is contributing to the many being made available for use by the local community across the town.”
A defibrillator is a computerised medical device used when a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest. It delivers an electrical current through the chest which aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm, allowing it to pump again. The use of this, alongside cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), is crucial to the ‘chain of survival’.
EHAAT hopes that the defibrillator will encourage bystanders to get involved if they encounter a case of cardiac arrest and will provide the people of Braintree with additional assistance before trained medical help arrives.
Adam Broom, Clinical Director for EHAAT said: “Our Pre-hospital Care Doctors and Critical Care Paramedics treat many out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year, and the NHS Ambulance services treat approximately 30,000 annually.
“Care and treatment have advanced year on year, but those receiving bystander CPR and early defibrillation have a better chance of survival. PADs are a recognised, safe method of initiating care in this group of patients, for whom time is critical.”
“We want the public to know that once 999 has been called, ensuring that further help is on the way, they should not be afraid to use the equipment and start CPR. The defibrillator provides clear and audible instructions and will not deliver a shock if the patient does not need it.”
To find out more about your local life-saving air ambulance, donating and volunteering, call 0345 2417 690, or visit www.ehaat.org.
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance’s Braintree Charity Shop is located at: 90 High Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 1JP. Open: Monday-Friday: 09:00-17:00, Saturday: 09:30-16:30
Photograph shows: Representatives from The Friends of Braintree Community Hospital, Cllr. Andrew Hensman and staff and volunteers of EHAAT outside the Braintree shop. From left to right: Wendy Collett (Braintree Shop Volunteer), Cllr. Andrew Hensman, Aderyn Gillett (Trusts & Special Projects Manager), Yvonne Laity (Friends of Braintree Community Hospital), Linda Hotston (Friends of Braintree Community Hospital), Jane Morton (Volunteer Manager), Simon Prosevicius (Braintree Shop Manager), Janice Gregory (Braintree Shop Volunteer), Pamela Maskell (Friends of Braintree Hospital) and Patricia Herbing (Friends of Braintree Hospital). Photo credit: Warren Page Pagepix