Defibrillator installed at Hebden station

Northern Rail has introduced a lifesaving defibrillator at Hebden Bridge railway station thanks to a successful partnership with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Saturday, 20th February 2016, 10:00 am
Picture caption L to R: Emma Scott, Community Defibrillator Officer, Paul Coates, Northern Rail Retail Supervisor, Joseph Longbottom, Northern Retail Supervisor, Lol Jones, Northern Health and Safety Support Manager, Linda Milsom, Community Defibrillator Trainer and Phil Sheard Northern Station Delivery Manager.

Northern has recently installed defibrillator sets at 13 stations across the north and 37 in other locations around the country.

As the number of community Public Access Defibrillators (cPAD) available in public spaces increases, Northern is aiming to offer the same peace of mind at some of its busiest stations across Yorkshire.

The cPAD, which are highly visible at each location, are simple and safe to use, with the machine giving clear spoken instructions, and no training is required to use one.

Once in position the defibrillator will detect the heart’s rhythm and will only deliver a shock if one is needed.

Natalie Loughborough, customer service director for Northern, said: “This piece of equipment is worth its weight in gold and across the country, countless lives have been saved by the provision of the cPAD in public spaces.

“Last year one of our most recently installed cPAD was used by a member of our team to help save the life of a customer, which is fantastic.

“We are incredibly proud to be working in partnership with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service and of our people who are already using this life saving equipment at some of our busiest stations across the region.”

Emma Scott, community defibrillation officer at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “We know that in many medical emergencies the first few minutes are critical and if effective treatment can be performed, lives can be saved and disability reduced.

“The importance of the chain of survival, including early recognition, calling 999, bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and early defibrillation, cannot be underestimated.

“Having easy access to a cPAD means that immediate life-saving care can be provided in an emergency situation, such as cardiac arrest, in the vital minutes before the ambulance arrives.”