Westfield Health has continued its initiative to provide free life-saving equipment to the community.
The health cash insurance provider has donated nine defibrillator machines to a variety of organisations across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire in its latest drive to reduce the risk of death following a cardiac arrest.
Concord Sports Centre received a machine, with Fitness and Rehabilitation Specialist, Dave Birds, attending a presentation at Westfield House. Other companies to receive defibrillators were Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, A1 Housing Bassetlaw Ltd, Davy Markham, Barnsley-based Amalgamated Construction, KP Nuts, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Property Shop, AES Seal and North East Derbyshire Council. Westfield has donated more than 50 defibrillators across the region since the campaign began in July 2002.
Graham Moore, Westfield Chairman, says, “We are pleased that these defibrillators will help to make more life-saving facilities available to our local community. The defibrillators can be extremely beneficial as a first response to a cardiac arrest and while we hope they will never be used, if they save just one life, the machines will have been invaluable.”
Defibrillators provide electric shock therapy to restart the heart and if used in the first few minutes of the heart stopping, are considered to be the most important factor affecting the survival of patients. In the UK more than 250,000 people suffer a heart attack each year and around a third die before reaching hospital. However, using a defibrillator can increase their chances of survival by more than a third.