LONDON HEARTS ANNOUNCED AS GOVIA THAMESLINK DELIVERY PARTNER
At Welwyn Garden City Railway Station on Tuesday 10th December 2019 Tom Moran the Managing Director of Govia Thameslink Rail announced London Hearts as the delivery partner in the project to roll out in excess of 300 public access heart defibrillators throughout the Govia rail network. Patrick Ladbury the Govia Stakeholder manager was also present and stressed the importance of local community engagement and training supplied by London Hearts at each installation site.
Tom Moran (far left), MD of Thameslink and Great Northern, announces the installation of life-saving defibrillators across Govia Thameslink Railway
With more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests across the UK every year and less than one in ten surviving, the use of a defibrillator is vital, as without immediate treatment, 90-95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims will die.
As part of the launch there was a demonstration of defibrillator use and CPR by a member of the London Hearts team.
Project sponsor Tom Moran, Managing Director of Thameslink and Great Northern, said: “Fitting defibrillators to all our stations is part of our commitment to transform lives and communities. I’m sure passengers will welcome this initiative – these devices are simple and straightforward to use and will save lives.
“Your chance of surviving a cardiac arrest fall by 10 percent for every minute without help and a defibrillator can increase chances of survival by 50 percent.”
The first four stations to be fitted with the new defibrillators are Welwyn Garden City, Hadley Wood, Knebworth and Potters Bar.
Kimberley Lloyd, London Hearts Head of Operations, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Govia Thameslink and the Community Benefit Team to provide life saving defibrillators across their rail network and teaching each community vital life saving skills. It is great to see this investment in the health and well-being of their passengers and the wider community. Nobody in the 21st century should die due to non access to a heart defibrillator. This initiative is a guaranteed life saver which we fully support’
Both Tom Moran and Kimberley Lloyd, the Director of Operations at London Hearts, were interviewed by camera crews who were in attendance for ITV London News and Core London, the media partner of the charity.
For further details on how to apply for a defibrillators and free cpr and defibrillator training from London Hearts Charity please click https://londonhearts.org/apply-online
Notes to Editors
Automated external defibrillators (AEDS) are portable devices that check the patient’s heart rhythm. If a problem is detected, they send an electric shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm. If a person does not need the shock of an AED, the machine will not deliver a shock. It is not possible to hurt someone with an AED; they can only be used to save someone’s life.
No formal training is necessary to operate an AED in a medical emergency as they “talk” the operator through the necessary steps. These defibrillators will ensure that, should any of passengers suffer a cardiac arrest within the vicinity of one of these AEDs, station staff or fellow passengers will be able to administer lifesaving actions before the ambulance arrives.