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Defibrillator Presentation

posted 19 Jan 2015, 02:14 by   [ updated 19 Jan 2015, 02:20 ]
Thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club Millbrook Academy is now one of 30 schools and colleges across Gloucestershire fortunate to have an automatic defibrillator installed on site as part of the ‘Rotary Saving Lives’ project. On Friday 9 January Jan Scott, Principal of Millbrook Academy was officially presented with the defibrillator by members of the Gloucester Rotary Club, including Richard Purdon and Dr Colin Prottey. The presentation was also attended by Laurence Robertson, MP for Tewkesbury and Heather Strawbridge, the Chairman of South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT).

During the presentation, Laurence Robertson MP and Heather Strawbridge addressed those in attendance and talked about the importance of defibrillators and the vital partnership between school and colleges, the ambulance service and the Rotary Club.

Jan Scott, is very grateful to have a defibrillator on-site and said: “Thank you to all the agencies involved in making this defibrillator available to everyone at Millbrook Academy. In addition to the students and teaching staff, we have a number of sports facilities, which are also used by the community, so they will potentially benefit from this additional piece of equipment too. Partnerships like this are invaluable and really do benefit communities.”

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can strike people of any age and so the need for defibrillators at schools and colleges was identified. As the county of Gloucestershire is predominantly rural and it can take ambulances longer to reach those in need, administering early CPR is vital if patients are to have the best possible chance of survival.

Heather Strawbridge, Chairman of the South Western Ambulance Service said:

“Sudden cardiac arrest is more common than many people realise and approximately 100,000 people of all ages in the UK suffer an attack each year. It is not limited to the sick or aged and even affects professional sports people.

“On behalf of the Trust I would like to sincerely thank the Rotary Club for their kind support. Administering early CPR really can make all the difference to a patient in cardiac arrest and these defibrillators do save lives.”

Mr Robertson is delighted to be supporting the ongoing defibrillator donation initiative. He commented: “Being such a rural county means that sometimes ambulances take longer to reach patients. It is important therefore to identify other ways to ensure that patients can get help quickly, especially in time critical situations. It is fantastic that these defibrillators are being installed at schools and colleges – the more defibrillators available for our local residents to use the better.”

Dr Colin Prottey who heads up the Rotary Saving Lives Project himself survived a cardiac arrest and said: “This partnership work between the Rotary Club, the ambulance service and schools across the county of Gloucestershire is achieving such positive results.

“Thanks to a number of generous donations and the hard work of numerous fundraisers across the county we have already donated more than 30 defibrillators to schools and colleges. We are only too happy to provide the funding for these life-saving devices and I know more than anyone just how important they are. The use of a defibrillator really can make all the difference between life and death.” 

Thank you to Kevin Fern Photography