Support for Restart a Heart Campaign

Monica  met with The West Craig’s at Heart group who have raised money to buy, install and maintain six defibrillators in the estate. Meaning there is one within a few minutes for most houses within the estate.

The group raised £14,000 to purchase and maintain the defibrillators which have so far been accessed three times.

The West Craigs at Heart group advised:

“The defibrillators were installed in memory of Robert Sullivan and Sheila Semple who were residents of the estate.

“If this even helps one person then our job is done.

A cardiac arrest is the ultimate medical emergency – where the heart suddenly stops beating. Early defibrillation within 3–5 min of collapse can increase survival rates by up to 50-70%.

Restart A Heart (RSAH), a Resuscitation Council UK initiative, starts on 16 October and continues throughout the month. This year the campaign is focussing on defibrillation awareness and access to this lifesaving device.

 

In 2021-2022, the region under NHS Lanarkshire Health board experienced 375 out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases. The survival rate was only 7.7% clearly highlighting the need for access to more defibrillators across our communities.

 

Monica  said:

“Defibrillators are disproportionately placed in affluent areas; we need to change this and ensure they are located where the need is greatest. Anyone looking after a defib – such as those in charge of pubs, sports clubs, community centres, churches, village halls – should make it accessible to the public 24/7.

“Public access defibrillators (PADS) are designed to be used by the public. When you switch on the defibrillator it will provide clear instructions and talk you through what you need to do.

“I commend the work of the West Craigs at Heart group who have shown great community spirit and worked tirelessly to buy, install and maintain life saving defibrillators."