Police in Newham to be issued with defibrillators in life-saving initiative

PUBLISHED: 16:04 30 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:04 30 October 2017

Defibrillators will be available in police cars Picture: Met Police

Defibrillators will be available in police cars Picture: Met Police

Met Police

Newham has become one of the final boroughs to join a life-saving initiative.

The scheme, which was initially piloted in four boroughs before being gradually rolled out across London, will see police officers equipped with defibrillators.

They are alerted to a potential cardiac arrest at the same time as ambulance crews which means if they reach the patient first, or are already on the scene, they can begin providing life-saving treatment until a medic arrives.

It is estimated dozens of lives could be saved a year, boosting the average London cardiac survival rate from its current nine per cent.

Chris Hartley-Sharpe, head of first responders at London Ambulance Service, said: “Every second counts when someone is in cardiac arrest. The only way to restart a heart is with a defibrillator, so the sooner one arrives with someone trained to use it, the better the outcome for the patient.”

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