Prescot Town Centre Gets Life-saving Defibrillator

By on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Defribillators that have the potential to save a life have been installed across in Knowsley, including one in Eccleston Street, Prescot.

The device has been placed next to the Watchmaker pub (Wetherspoon’s) in the town centre.

If someone suffers cardiac arrest, 999 emergency operators can instruct the caller where to find the automated external defibrillator (AED) and how to access it with a unique code.

Defibs have saved lives on three occasions in Knowsley recently. In one incident earlier this year, a man playing bowls at Prescot School was saved by quick-thinking staff after suffering a sudden heart attack.

The equipment had been installed by the Oliver King Foundation, who are now working with Knowsley Council to make defibrillators available across the borough. The charity was set up five years ago in honour of 12-year-old Oliver King, a Liverpool schoolboy who died suddenly from a hidden heart condition in 2011.

Other defib locations in Knowsley include Cavendish Walk in Huyton (next to Wilko’s store) and St Chad’s Parade in Kirkby (next to Poundland).

Whiston South councillor and Cabinet Lead Member for Resources Terry Byron said that “research shows that if defibrillation is delivered promptly after someone suffers a cardiac arrest, their chances of survival increase dramatically to as much as 75%.”

Pictured: Knowsley MP George Howarth (centre) at Prescot School for the installation of its defibrillator, which saved a man’s life earlier this year.

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