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WLMHT leads the way in London Ambulance defibrillator scheme

17 Feb 2015

LAS defib accreditationWest London Mental Health Trust today celebrates being the first mental health trust to receive an accreditation by the London Ambulance Service for rolling out defibrillators across all of its services.

All staff, patients and visitors will get the best possible chance of survival if they suffer a cardiac arrest. More defibrillators have been installed meaning that the trust now have over 80 defibrillators across more than 20 sites.

All front line clinical staff are trained in emergency life skills including recognising the signs and symptoms of a cardiac arrest, giving CPR and using a defibrillator. This training is repeated on an annual basis.

The initiative is part of the London Ambulance Service’s Shockingly Easy campaign to get 1,000 extra defibrillators in public places across the capital.

Dr Nick Broughton, medical director at the trust said: “We are delighted to be part of the Shockingly Easy campaign and we are particularly proud to be accredited by the London Ambulance Service.

“The trust is now able to offer emergency treatment for cardiac arrests for all patients, staff and visitors. We are integrating mental and physical health care and this accreditation is a step in the right direction to providing holistic care.

“We are also leading the way in identifying service users who are at risk of cardiac disease, and doing all that we can to reduce these risks. One example of this is in the move towards making the trust smoke free.”

London Ambulance Service Operations Manager Chris Hartley-Sharpe said:  “When you have a cardiac arrest your heart stops and you are clinically dead. The quicker that CPR and defibrillation is given by a trained person, the greater the chance of survival.

“We want a defibrillator to be within easy access of anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest anywhere in London. I urge every mental health service in London to get a defibrillator today by calling the Shockingly Easy campaign.

“Around a third of people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest, but where there is a defibrillator and someone trained to use it, the chance of survival can increase to 80 per cent.”

For more information on how to get a defibrillator for your organisation and training on how to use it call the Shockingly Easy campaign on 020 7783 2366 or go to www.londonambulance.nhs.uk/shockinglyeasy

Contact details: Kate O’Neill, communications officer, 020 8354 8737, kate.oneill@wlmht.nhs.uk


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