Rotherham Heart Town scores another success

Published Tuesday, 29th July 2014
Rotherham Heart Town Circle of Hope
Rotherham Heart Town Circle of Hope

Rotherham’s fruitful Heart Town partnership has produced another success with the printing and publishing of life-saving cards.

The Heart Town partnership, led by the Council and The British Heart Foundation (BHF), has placed five new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in town centre locations.

With the guidance of Heart Town partner, Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS), the team has also sourced existing AEDs in the town centre to establish a Rotherham AED network.

This network of AEDs will be available to anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest in the town in peak hours, with the training of town centre staff carried out by YAS.

To complement the achievement, the Heart Town team has produced a handy pocket sized card which gives the locations of the town centre AEDs, building contact numbers and available times.

The cards have been issued to staff who work in the town centre, key businesses and other relevant personnel, such as the Police and first aiders.

Councillor Ken Wyatt said: "Rotherham has really embraced Heart Town and I'm pleased to say it has been a huge success!

"From saving lives to educating people about healthy living, Heart Town has been an important weapon in the fight against cardiac-related deaths and ongoing medical issues in Rotherham.

"With ten AED units now located in the town centre, you’re never too far away from one, and now, having these cards, clearly showing where the AEDs are stored, key staff can quickly identify their nearest lifesaving equipment, reach it and put it into use.

"The vast majority of the cards have already being distributed, but, you can still pick one up from the Visitor Centre in All Saints’ Square for you to keep with you, just in case you ever find yourself in an emergency situation.

"It’s great to see so many shop owners, staff, partner organisations and the public in general getting behind the project, it’s really making a difference to living in Rotherham."

Lauren Mallinson, BHF’s Community Fundraising Manager added: "The BHF is leading the fight to ensure more people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest.

"We are proud to have raised sufficient funds locally to place five additional AEDs in town centre buildings and to support the Heart Town partnership’s vital work in raising awareness about where they are located for use in an emergency."