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Saturday 30 March 2013

Call for all major public buildings to have heart defibrillators


Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor Brian Silvester is calling for more defibrillators  in major public buildings in the Borough and is supporting the national campaign (see below). He said," We know that with defibrillation, the survival chances increase from 10% to 75%. They are simple to use, computerised, tell you what to do, and it analyses the heart rhythm for you, shocking the patient out of an abnormal rhythm. They are a very cost effective way of saving lives. Cheshire East currently have defibrillators at Delamere House and the Municipal Buildings in Crewe, Macclesfield Town Hall, Westfields in Sandbach and Dalton House in Middlewich. We also have one in every leisure centre in Cheshire East. I am pleased with what Cheshire East has done but I would like to see more done, particularly in well used public buildings like the main libraries. I would have thought that some local charitable bodies could be persuaded to  help fund the provision of some more much needed defibrillators. I am also writing to the Crewe and Nantwich MP asking him to support the campaign"

Cllr Brian Silvester

Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor

Cheshire East Council

Tel/fax 01270 56775

Give all public buildings heart defibrillators: Campaigners in appeal to David Cameron

23 Mar 2013 10:21

The campaign was launched after 12-year-old Oliver King suffered heart failure during a swimming lesson

Saved: Fabrice Muamba benefited from rapid treatment

David Cameron has been urged to order all public buildings to have a heart defibrillator in a bid to save hundreds of lives every year.

Campaigners including leading doctors, health experts and MPs have written to the prime minister asking him to consider changing the law to make the life-saving machines compulsory in every community.

The campaign, backed by England skipper Steven Gerrard, was launched following the death of 12-year-old Oliver King who suffered heart failure during a school swimming lesson in Liverpool.

His parents say more than a dozen young people die each week from undiagnosed heart problems.

A petition has been launched to try to force Parliament to discuss the issue.

The call for more machines also comes after the Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba nearly died during a match but was saved thanks to prompt treatment and the use of a defibrillator.

Oliver’s dad Mark King said the lifesaving machines must be made more widely available to spare other families the pain they have gone through.

He said: “Losing Oliver has driven us along because of the heartbreak that we’re suffering.

“We can’t stand by and read every day that children are dying. It’s just total devastation for the families and friends. We can’t let it go on.”

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is among those backing campaigners who want a full debate on the issue in Parliament. The group will meet at Westminster Hall on Monday to push the campaign forward.

London cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, who is backing the campaign, said: “It has been supported by Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard and Fabrice Muamba. We hope we can get defibrillators installed in all public buildings.”

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