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Life-saving goes global with borough's newest defibrillator

02 February 2018

Councillor Sameena Zaheer with new defibrillator.

Tenants at one of the council’s managed workspaces are on top of the world as they’ve become the latest venue in the borough to host a life-saving defibrillator.

Globe House on Moss Bridge Road, Rochdale installed a new community access defibrillator on the wall outside the main entrance, which will be accessible to the public between 3am-7pm, Monday to Saturday.

In the event that someone witnesses a cardiac arrest in the area and calls 999, ambulance service operators will direct callers to the defibrillator, give them the code to unlock the cabinet, and use the defibrillator on the person, before an ambulance arrives; tripling their chances of survival.

“The potential to save a life is fantastic.”

Globe House, approximately 14,000ft2 of managed workspace, is home to 60 tenants from small businesses to national companies and charitable organisations, who rent its office space and facilities to run their day-to-day operations.

The defibrillator will provide peace of mind for the tenants and external clients who visit the building as well as the 17 other companies based at Globe Park Industrial Park and residents living nearby.

Trudie Unsworth, the building manager at Globe House, said: “We are delighted to have a defibrillator on site for our colleagues, tenants and neighbours on the industrial park, along with the local community and numerous visitors we receive every day. We hope that we never encounter such an unfortunate event that we need to use it, but having the potential to save a life is fantastic.”

Training in basic CPR and defibrillation will also be offered to Globe House tenants so they can be confident in helping someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest before an ambulance arrives. Delivering a shock within the first 3 minutes can increase a person’s chances of survival from 6 per cent to over 74 per cent.

This defibrillator is the latest to be installed as part of the Heartsafe Award-winning ‘Roch Defibs’ project; a council and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) partnership project which aims to increase cardiac arrest survival rates in the borough.

The project has already installed 32 defibrillators to date, in highly-populated and easily accessible community venues across the borough. It has also trained almost 3,000 local people in CPR and defibrillation as well as helping to save the life of Allan Turner, 72, who suffered a cardiac arrest at Tunshill Golf Club in July 2016.

“It increases the chances of survival for people living, working and visiting our borough”

Councillor Sameena Zaheer, assistant to the cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “I am so pleased to see yet another ‘Roch Defib’ installed in our borough. Currently, people living in the UK only have an 8.6 per cent chance of surviving an out of hospital cardiac arrest. This just isn’t good enough so, we’re doing all we can to increase the chances of survival for people living, working and visiting our borough.

“By installing defibrillators across the borough and training people how to use them we hope that, should you ever need it, you can get the life-saving treatment you need in those vital first minutes.”