The Village gets two life saving defibrillator machines!

Publish Date: 10/04/2014

As a result of lots of feedback from The LGF’s Village Angels and their partnership work with the North West Ambulance Service, we have managed to secure two AED (Automated External Defibrillator) machines for The Village.

The LeVille Hotel and The Velvet Hotel will both be getting an AED machine this week that are accessible right in the heart of The Village 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

A defibrillator is a machine that delivers an electric shock to the heart when someone is having a cardiac arrest. When someone goes into cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 10%.

A lot of the volunteers for the Village Angels are first aid trained and have offered a lot of support in medical emergencies. The Village is a high traffic area, especially at weekends, and the night-time economy brings with it alcohol and drug consumption. This means that the area is likely to see medical emergencies and specifically cardiac arrests, so having easily accessible defibrillator machines in The Village ensures that people can receive the life saving treatment they need.

Community Safety Co-ordinator for The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Stefanie Hartley, said: “The addition of not one, but two of these life-saving defibrillator machines is absolutely fantastic news for The Village. The LGF’s Village Angels are out every weekend supporting the community and helping vulnerable people, and in the last nine months they have been involved in over 30 first aid incidents. The Ambulance Service do an incredible job at responding swiftly to all medical emergencies, but the extra support they will get from having nearby defibrillator machines will be invaluable. This could potentially save lives.”

The Village is also a tricky area for paramedics to navigate their vehicles through, especially at peak times and crucial minutes are lost when dealing with cardiac arrests. Therefore the placement of this live-saving piece of machinery right in the heart of the Village will greatly improve safety in our community! The North West Ambulance Service has worked hard with local venues to ensure The Village gets two of these essential machines, which are strategically placed at either ends of The Village so the time spent seeking a machine is decreased and that the chances of survival are greatly increased to anyone suffering from a cardiac arrest in the area.

Both machines will be accessible for anyone needing it in an emergency medical situation, meaning that community members (especially first aiders) as well as paramedics will have access to the machine in times of need. The automated defibrillator machines are incredibly straightforward to use and the aim of them is to encourage anyone to use them in a cardiac arrest emergency.

In order to increase confidence and remove the fear of using these machines the North West Ambulance Service, in partnership with The British Heart Foundation, have offered to host free awareness training sessions at The LGF on how to use the AED machines. The LGF’s Village Angels volunteers will be in attendance, but these sessions are also available to local venue staff and community members who are interested in learning this skill.

The FREE training session (with nibbles provided!) will be held on Saturday 12th April, 12-2pm (Session times approx 40 mins each) at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF. If you’re interested in attending the session then please email: Stefanie.hartley@lgf.org.uk