Outdoor defibrillator installed at John Taylor Hospice

A Community Public Access Defibrillator (cPAD) has been installed outside John Taylor Hospice in Erdington.

The potentially life-saving medical device has been fitted in the hospice’s front car park so it can be easily accessed 24/7 by members of the public.

Phil Murphy, Head of Corporate Services at the hospice, said: “Having defibrillators in the local community can be the difference being someone in cardiac arrest living or dying.

“Anyone who calls 999 for someone in cardiac arrest will be directed to their nearest device and provided with a code for the secure cabinet in which the defibrillator is contained. A unique location code on the cabinet will direct emergency services to the exact location of the defibrillator. They are easy to use and the call operator will talk you through what to do when you have dialled 999.”

The defibrillator has been funded by the League of Friends for John Taylor Hospice – a former charity who joined forces with the hospice in 2019 to jointly fundraise for patient and family care.

Phil added: “Having a cPAD available in an emergency can be lifesaving, and this device is an invaluable addition to our local community. We are incredibly grateful to the League of Friends who worked tirelessly over the years to raise vital funds to benefit local people.” 

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