Defibrillators installed at three ambulance stations in Scarborough and Ryedale areas
Thirty-three life-saving community public access defibrillators (CPADs) are being installed at ambulance stations across Yorkshire – including three in this area.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) is fitting the defibrillators – which can be accessed by residents in local communities – outside stations which don’t have another CPAD within a 600 metre radius.
This project has seen the life-saving devices placed at the stations on Queen Margaret’s Road, Scarborough, Padbury Avenue in Filey, and the site on Hardings Road in Kirkbymoorside.
Combined with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), defibrillators give cardiac arrest patients the best possible chance of survival.
The devices deliver a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest to restore the heart’s normal rhythm.
The devices are easy to use, provide audible instructions to the user and will not deliver a shock unless it is required.
No training is required to use the equipment.
Joanne Watson, community defibrillation co-ordinator with the community resilience team at YAS, has been overseeing the installation programme.
She said: “We all know that defibrillation, along with CPR, are essential steps in the chain of survival.
“It’s great to be able to provide CPADs outside ambulance stations across Yorkshire so they can be accessed and used by members of the public to help save the lives of patients in cardiac arrest.
“Anyone who calls 999 for someone in cardiac arrest will be directed to their nearest device and provided with a code to the secure cabinet it’s contained in if necessary.”