19 April 2017
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has been fitted to outside wall of the public toilet block in Scunthorpe’s Central Park. This lifesaving piece of equipment is the 100th to be installed by North Lincolnshire Council.
The new Central Park defibrillator, close to the Nutshell Café, is part of the council’s scheme to provide these lifesaving devices in towns and villages across our area. We have invested over £160,000 in providing the defibrillators and have also recently installed them in East Halton, Gunthorpe and on Britannia Corner in Scunthorpe town centre.
Fixed to the outside wall of a public building, in secondary schools, at leisure centres, in doctors’ surgeries or other public buildings, the defibrillators are easily accessed in an emergency.
If someone goes into cardiac arrest, a member of the public can call 999 and be given a code to access the device. The defibrillators themselves will talk the user through the resuscitation process and the emergency services will stay on the phone to give you further guidance while you wait for an ambulance.
Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“We regularly have over 400 people taking part in parkrun in Central Park every week so it made sense to install a defibrillator here in case the worst happened.
“Following a cardiac arrest, chances of survival fall by 10 per cent each minute without resuscitation, so every second counts. Although we hope it doesn’t have to be used, by providing this specialist equipment across North Lincolnshire, we could potentially save someone’s life.”