Thanks for ‘life saving’ boxes

Anthony Freestone, Head of Resuscitation at Blackpool''Victoria Hospital, with the new defibrillator case, funded by Blue Skies ''Hospitals Fund, in Oliver's Restaurant.
Anthony Freestone, Head of Resuscitation at Blackpool''Victoria Hospital, with the new defibrillator case, funded by Blue Skies ''Hospitals Fund, in Oliver's Restaurant.
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A hospital charity has been thanked for funding special boxes which hold life-saving equipment at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, the charity behind Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has paid for three alarmed boxes for defibrillators which staff and public can access if someone has a cardiac arrest outside a clinical area.

The automated external defibrillators are positioned in the new main entrance of the hospital, along the main corridor and at Oliver’s restaurant, where there has been two cases of cardiac arrest in the last 18 months – both requiring a defibrillator.

Anthony Freestone, (pictured) head of resuscitation, said: “The resuscitation department funded the defibrillators themselves, but Blue Skies provided the money for the boxes which means they can be safely stored in areas where the public can access them should they be required.

“We chose to have this life saving equipment in the dining room, not only because of the two incidents recently, one of whom was a member of the public and one was a member of staff, but also because this is a high traffic area with visitors, staff and contractors.”

Head of fund-raising, Amanda Bennett, said: “We know these defibrillators are an important asset to the care given at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, so we are pleased to have been able to fund three cases which will keep them safe and secure.”