New Community Defibrillator at RNLI Hoylake Lifeboat Station
In partnership with the North West Ambulance Service, RNLI Hoylake Lifeboat Station is delighted to host a new community Public Access Defibrillator which was installed 20 June.
As a charity the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s primary objective is of course saving lives at sea, but at Hoylake Lifeboat Station they are also proud to install this new asset which could also save lives in the local community.
According to the British Heart Foundation there are over 30 000 cardiac arrests outside of hospital each year in the UK. Defibrillators send a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall and are an essential life-saving step, giving a casualty the very best chance of survival. The new device at the RNLI Lifeboat Station is portable and accessible 24 hours a day by ringing 999 to gain the access code.
Station Coxswain, Andy Dodd, said: ‘We’re really pleased to be able to host this new community facility and we want everyone to know this defibrillator is here for public use in case of emergency.'
The volunteer crew at Hoylake Lifeboat Station would like to thank NWAS Community Resuscitation Development Officer, Nick Blair, for supplying the defibrillator.
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