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Defibrilator on School Site

29 March 2017 (by admin)

BHF and Old Sarum to give cardiac arrest victims fighting chance of survival.

Old Sarum is to become a community of lifesavers after it has been fitted with a public access defibrillator (PAD) and has been awarded a CPR training kit by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Old Sarum Primary School were granted the lifesaving machine and received the Call Push Rescue training kit following their successful application for a Nation of Lifesavers Community Package from the charity.

The Community Package contains the innovative kit which includes everything needed to learn CPR in half an hour. Old Sarum Primary School plan to run training sessions for the local community meaning everyone can become potential lifesavers. The first training session will take place at Old Sarum Primary School on Thursday 11th May from 3.30pm. For more information please contact the School office on 01722 410677

The defibrillator is a portable device that can be used by a member of the public to help restart the heart when someone has a cardiac arrest. This is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body and they lose consciousness almost at once. For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent. It’s therefore imperative the people of Old Sarum know both of these vital steps to help someone in an emergency.

Over 30,000 cardiac arrests happen out of hospital in the UK every year but currently less than one in ten survive. The BHF want to create a Nation of Lifesavers in a bid to boost these shocking survival rates.

The charity believes defibrillators should be made more accessible and recognisable to the public and want all young people to be taught CPR and PAD awareness at school. Since launching the campaign in 2014, over 1.5 million people have joined the Nation of Lifesavers by learning lifesaving CPR.

John Jones, head teacher at Old Sarum Primary, said: “We are delighted to have been granted this lifesaving package. The defibrillator will be placed in the entrance of our school meaning that local people have the best chance of survival should they suffer a cardiac arrest. We’re keen to get as many people as possible trained in CPR too.”

Sara Askew, Head of Survival at the BHF, said: “In the UK more than 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year but less than one in ten survive. More lives could be saved if more defibrillators were available in public places and if more people felt confident using them and performing CPR. We are delighted that Old Sarum Primary School have joined the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign - by making another defibrillator available in the area and teaching CPR locally. It could really be the difference between life and death.”

To date the BHF have helped place over 14,000 lifesaving defibrillators in communities around the UK. The BHF asks for a contribution of £400 towards each defibrillator as part of the Community Package. To find out more about defibrillators and how to place one in your organisation or community visit

For more information on how you can help BHF create a Nation of Lifesavers visit