The Sussex Heart Charity – the county’s largest cardiac care charity – is investing £100,000 to install over 50 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at all stations on the Sussex railway network and key border towns. The donation has been welcomed by Southern Railway – along with Network Rail and other regional train operating companies – who will be working in partnership with the charity on their installation and ongoing maintenance.
AEDs in Train Stations
The first 17 class-leading Powerheart® G5 AEDs – manufactured by Cardiac Science – have already been installed at seven stations on the Mainline East route from Eastbourne to Hastings. A further ten stations on the Mainline West route – from Bridges to Arundel – are next to benefit from the Charity’s donated devices over coming weeks.
Of the 77 railway stations in Sussex, 18 already have AEDs installed.
Although training is not required when using an AED, the Sussex Heart Charity will also be offering staff the opportunity to attend training courses. Similar sessions will also be open to the general public –especially for those passengers who frequently use the railway – and can be booked online at www.sussexheartcharity.org.
Sussex Heart Charity
Terry Ayres, Chief Executive Officer at the Sussex Heart Charity, said: “Since 1987 we have promoted excellence in cardiac related care, funding equipment, education and research and supporting the cardiac rehabilitation service for those with heart disease and promoting resuscitation in the Sussex community.
“Sudden cardiac arrests happen to approximately 30,000 people every year in the UK. Cardiac arrest can strike anyone, at anytime, anywhere, without warning. The Sussex Heart Charity (www.sussexheartcharity.org) raises funds within the county, for the county and applauds Southern Railway in its effort to improve the standard of cardiac care and first aid skills in Sussex.
The Importance of Public AEDs
Cardiac Science Managing Director, Shaun Ingram, said: “This donation will ensure that – should any of passengers suffer a sudden cardiac arrest – station staff or fellow passengers will be able to administer lifesaving actions before the ambulance arrives. This is a highly encouraging move and greatly supports the continued call for the increased installation of AEDs in public places.”
“Their provision across the Sussex Railway network is testament to the commitment to care showed by the Sussex Heart Charity. It also supports the importance placed by the region’s train operating companies on customer care and wellbeing.”
How can my community benefit from a defibrillator?
There’s no doubt that installing an AED in a public area such as a railway station can save lives. If you’d like to support your community by introducing an AED to somewhere near you, get in touch with us today and we’ll guide you through the process.
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