Nottingham Business Improvement District has purchased four defibrillators that are in the process of being installed at strategically placed locations around Nottingham city centre to ensure that they are accessible 24:7.
The chosen locations for the defibrillators are on the outside of the following buildings: Central Police Station – Byron House at the top of Maid Marian Way; St James Hotel/Crafty Crow on Standard Hill, close to Nottingham Castle; Primark on Long Row and the Kean’s Head on St Mary’s Gate in the Lace Market.
“We heard on the local news that a member of the public was struggling to find a defibrillator in the city centre so we decided to do something about it,” said Richard Johal, a director of Nottingham BID. “We approached East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and they agreed that the city centre would benefit from having some defibrillators that are readily accessible. In conjunction with EMAS we sourced the defibrillators and then worked with them and Nottingham City Council to find suitable locations. Although they are easy to use, we will be working with EMAS to organise some training on how to use them for people including our own team of street ambassadors and BID members. We are also looking into how we can make Nottingham, the first heart safe city in the region.”
Mick Barnett-Connolly, head of community response, collaboration & engagement at East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We are really pleased to have supported Nottingham Business Improvement District with the placement and sourcing of these devices.
“Using a defibrillator on a person experiencing cardiac arrest as soon as possible gives the best chance of survival. East Midlands Ambulance Service actively encourages the placement of Public Access Defibrillators by organisations, businesses and communities.
“The more readily available defibrillators are, alongside people willing to act in an emergency, will undoubtedly lead to improved survival rates for patients suffering out of hospital cardiac arrests.”