Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, in conjunction with North West Ambulance Service, have arranged for a defibrillator machine to be located on the approach road to Victoria Hospital.
When deployed, the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) can increase someone’s chance of survival from a sudden cardiac arrest by 70 per cent.
The machine was sited by the Atlas Office on Whinney Heys Road because of the high foot-fall in that area from patients accessing the emergency department or using
the multi-storey car park to staff deployed in the surrounding area and neighbours living in the vicinity.
Anthony Freestone, resuscitation lead at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, said: “The hospital and ambulance service identified this area as being a risk for someone
going into cardiac arrest on the street. The Defibstore kindly donated the cabinet which allowed us to allocate a machine to this area.”
If the machine is needed, a passcode will be given by the 999 operator to access the AED and the device is able to give verbal instructions for use, meaning it can be used
by someone who has had no training.