Our Trust has taken heart health to the next level by donating refurbished defibrillators to organisations across the region! West Bromwich Albion Football Club is just one of 12 organisations that has benefitted from the life saving equipment that can improve the chances of someone surviving a cardiac arrest.
After receiving additional defibrillators, the Trust’s medical devices team decided to restore previous defibrillator kits, with the aim that other organisations within the Black Country have access to the right facilities to deliver emergency on site care.
Organisations and businesses that have received these include football clubs Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation and the Aston Villa Foundation and local organisations such as Hartvills Hawthorn Primary School, Dudley Shukokai Karate Club and Baggaridge Park, to name a few.
According to statistics, there are over 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests across the UK every year, however less than one in ten people survive[i], due to factors including lack of CPR training and defibrillators on site. These donations will assist local organisations in playing a bigger part in saving people’s lives and supports the Trust’s ambition of working closer with local communities to improve health and wellbeing for everyone.
Below are just some of the kind statements from the organisations in receipt of the defibrillators:
“We are very appreciative of the Trust for the kind donation of the defibrillators as they will enable us to give our participants even greater peace of mind. We are hopeful this will be the start of a mutually beneficial working relationship with the Trust.”
-The West Bromwich Albion Football Foundation
“We would like to say how grateful we are to Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for the donation of the defibrillator. Dudley Shukokai Karate Club trains children, adults and veterans alike, some of them with long standing health conditions. Instructors and some of the students are CPR trained, but the knowledge that we have the additional support with the defibrillator is reassuring. Here’s to hoping that we never need to use it!”
-Dudley Shukokai Karate Club
“We are extremely grateful for the donation of the defibrillators” and that they “plan to utilise them as roaming devices, supporting [our] representative teams and project work across the city and beyond.”
-Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation
A massive well done to everyone involved in this project!
[i] Statistics from University of Warwick (2017), https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/one_in_five/ , accessed 23.07.19.