Lifesaving De-Fibrillator available to all....
Updated: Jan 2, 2020
Life saving and community accessible Defibrillator set to serve Winstanley area
A new Defibrillator available to the local community in emergency situations has been unveiled in Winstanley today (8th Nov 19).
The life saving device has been installed at Winstanley Medical Centre on Holmes House Ave with funding secured by local councillors via Wigan Council’s Brighter Borough Fund (BBF).
A Defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it's an essential part in trying to save the life of someone who’s in cardiac arrest.
Although the area boasts several Defibrillators, housed at local sports and community hubs, the Holmes House Ave site offers 24/7 access for use by the wider community in an emergency.
Ward Councillors for the area worked in partnership with Paul Bridgeman, Practice Manger to arrange funding and installation following an idea first raised on a local Winstanley community social media site.
Winstanley ward representative, Cllr Paul Kenny said:
“Having the life-saving equipment in an easy-to-access place in the community can prolong lives by vital minutes, as the more time that passes while a person is suffering a cardiac arrest without assistance, the less chance there is for survival.
“Wigan Council’s BBF is a fantastic resource for local councillors to spend in line with community priorities and this project fits the bill. We are very grateful to Dr Saxena and staff for their assistance.”