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Newark and Sherwood District Council install new defibrillator at Cleveland Square Community Centre in Hawtonville





A new defibrillator has been installed by the district council as part of its commitment to community safety.

Between the existing locations in Hawtonville at the Co-Op on Churchill Drive and the Tom Mann Pavilion at Devon Park, Newark and Sherwood District Council identified a need for a new defibrillator to provide greater coverage in the area.

The new device has been installed at the Cleveland Square Community Centre on the outside of the building and will be available 24 hours a day.

Defibrillators in the Hawtonville area. Photo: Newark and Sherwood District Council.
Defibrillators in the Hawtonville area. Photo: Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Alongside the existing provision, the new defibrillator will offer residents and visitors to the area added re-assurance that emergency access is available to anyone who needs it.

This location was chosen to bring greater support to older and more vulnerable residents in and around Cleveland Square.

Training is also being arranged for residents to familiarise themselves with a defibrillator and sessions to offer basic life support.

“Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in this country, there are more than 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests every year,” said Paul Taylor, portfolio holder for public protection and community relations.

“The new defibrillator at the Cleveland Square Community Centre gives us almost full coverage in this ward.

“It means that anyone unlucky enough to suffer a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital environment will stand a better chance of recovery.

“Every minute lost, following an arrest, reduces the chances of survival dramatically.”

Cleveland Square Defibrillator, and Paul Taylor, Newark and Sherwood District Council's portfolio holder for public protection.
Cleveland Square Defibrillator, and Paul Taylor, Newark and Sherwood District Council's portfolio holder for public protection.

Susan Crosby, portfolio holder for health, wellbeing and leisure, added: “It goes without saying, if you or someone you see are having a heart attack, calling 999 is the right thing to do.

“Our defibrillators are registered on the Circuit, the National Defibrillator Network. So, if they are needed they can easily be found and put to work.

“Making sure that residents across the district can have access to a defibrillator should the need arise, is really important to us.

“Where we see a need for one, we will work with local communities to get one supplied and to provide training in how to use one where we can.”

‘The Circuit’ is a national defibrillator network run by The British Heart Foundation that provides an overview of where publicly available defibrillators are located.

The location and status of all defibrillators registered on ‘The Circuit’ is instantly synchronised with the emergency services’ systems to ensure that their information is always up to date and ready to help save lives.

It’s easy to register a defibrillator on the network and the council urges anyone who may own one or has one on their land to register it so that emergency services know where to find them.

All defibrillators owned by the district council are registered with ‘The Circuit’ and maintained regularly by officers to ensure they are ready for when they are needed.

For more information or to register to ‘The Circuit’, please visit their website at: https://www.thecircuit.uk/

The new defibrillator has been installed at Cleveland Square. Training on how to use it will be carried out for the local community to attend. Dates and times will be announced once confirmed.



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