Isle MP Andrew Percy has welcomed the continued work to roll-out lifesaving defibrillators across the Isle, with the majority of local towns and villages now having their own public access defibrillator (PAD) in place, with most being accessible 24/7.
Andrew worked with North Lincolnshire Council Leader, Baroness Redfern, and other local councillors to secure £75,000 for these defibrillators to be placed across North Lincolnshire. Andrew has jointly chaired an action group on this roll-out, and has worked alongside East Midlands Ambulance Service and local community groups to deliver the project.
Following the roll-out to most of the larger towns and villages, the project is now working with smaller communities to support them in securing their own PADs. These locations include Eastoft, Sandtoft, Graizelound, Eastlound and Beltoft, amongst others.
Andrew said: “This project has been a fantastic success and we now have defibrillators in communities across the Isle of Axholme. I’m very proud of this scheme, which has provided lifesaving equipment for local residents, ready and available to potentially help save a life, during a cardiac arrest.
“These defibrillators are easy to use, but we’ve also provided first-aid training in many locations, which covers how to use defibrillators, CPR and other first aid skills, to make sure residents are comfortable to offer assistance in an emergency.
“The project is still ongoing and we are now looking at some of the smaller, more rural locations, to support these communities securing their own defibrillator. If anyone would like any further information on this, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.”