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As part of Andrew’s promise to work to support the local community, Andrew has worked hard to establish a School Defibrillator Scheme.
Andrew successfully secured £10,000 which has been used to place defibrillators in the 5 Secondary Schools in the North Lincs part of the constituency. Thanks to Andrew's initiative, the Vale of Ancholme, Sir John Nelthorpe, Axholme Academy, Winterton Academy and South Axholme Academy now all have defibrillators and staff trained in how to use them. Andrew has now asked all of the schools to talk to pupils about the defibrillators and CPR.
Andrew then took his campaign for more defibrillators in schools to Parliament. He previously met with Michael Gove, then Secretary of State for Education, Department for Education Officials and organisations including the British Heart Foundation, the Resuscitation Council, the Red Cross, and St John Ambulance to discuss his ideas.
The government has subsequently issued new guidance for schools advising that they purchase a defibrillator for their site. Schools are now also able to secure defibrillators at a discounted rate and Andrew is working with residents in North Lincs to help purchase ones for schools.
Nation of Lifesavers
Andrew has supported community groups with applications to the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) Nation of Lifesavers scheme, which provides Call Push Rescue training kits and public access defibrillators to increase skills and the availability of lifesaving resources across the country.
If your community is interested you can contact Andrew on 01405 767969 and more information is available via the BHF website: http://t.co/xSuzRV1Dxj
Community Access Defibrillators – East Riding of Yorkshire
Andrew has campaigned alongside the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, as well as local residents and Parish Councils in communities across the East Yorks part of the constituency.
As a result of this campaign we now have public access defibrillators (PADs) in Airmyn, Rawcliffe Bridge, Rawcliffe, Ousefleet, Goole and Hook, with positive proposals for the remaining locations locally.
With each new public access defibrillator Andrew has organised a training session to allow residents to familiarise themselves with how to use a defibrillator as well as how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (commonly known as CPR) and basic first aid. Whilst you don’t need training to use a defibrillator Andrew recognises that residents will feel more comfortable familiarising themselves with it.
When someone goes into cardiac arrest, every minute that passes without CPR or defibrillation reduces their chance of survival by 10%, which is why Andrew strongly supports efforts to improve skills and the availability of defibrillators to improve patient outcomes.
Community Access Defibrillators – North Lincolnshire
In North Lincs, Andrew has worked with local Councillors to secure a £75,000 community defibrillator fund to roll-out more community access defibrillators across local communities in North Lincolnshire.
Andrew asked the Council to create this fund and will be jointly chairing the working group with Cllr Liz Redfern. The group are working with East Midlands Ambulance Service to deliver the project and defibrillators are already on site in locations such as Winterton, with the remaining ones to be in place shortly. If anyone has any suggestions for locations they can contact Andrew on 01652 650094.