Heart start device installed at school

Apotentially life-saving heart start machine has been installed at Belper School.

The “defibrillator” works by delivering a controlled electric shock through the chest wall, to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm.

It has been jointly funded by Belper School and the British Heart Foundation.

Sophie Jardine, BHF Fundraising Manager in Derbyshire, said: “It’s fantastic that Belper School now has access to a defibrillator. Around 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital in the UK each year, of which less than 10 per cent will survive to be discharged from hospital. Having more defibrillators available locally for these emergencies is crucial to saving more lives.”

Trevor Harding, head teacher of Belper School, said: “The defibrillator is a great asset to the school and the local community. Many of our staff have now received training and will be available for ‘first response’ should an emergency occur. We are pleased to have been chosen to receive this valuable medical equipment.”

The BHF say defibrillators need to be available in areas of greatest risk – areas where there is a high incidence of cardiac arrest and in areas where it is difficult for an ambulance to get there quickly such as rural areas, poor road networks, traffic congestion or where large crowds gather.

Each defibrillator costs around £1,000. If other schools, surgeries or public offices would like to apply for similar life-saving equipment visit www.bhf.org.uk/defibs to find out how.