THE MP for Gosport is calling on more groups in her constituency to install defibrillators.
Caroline Dinenage has backed The News’ Heartbeat campaign which wants to see more public access to defibrillators across the Portsmouth area.
I look forward to working with them to continue promoting this important campaign in Gosport so we can help improve survival rates of people suffering cardiac arrestsCaroline Dinenage
Since launching the campaign in July, 14 organisations have installed the potentially life-saving equipment.
But only two of those are in Gosport: Thorngate Halls, on Bury Road, and St Faith’s Church, in Lee-on-the-Solent.
Ms Dinenage is urging the town to support the campaign and wrote to a number of groups earlier this week.
She said: ‘I was really shocked to learn that less than 10 per cent of people who suffer a cardiac arrest survive but defibrillation can potentially double chances of survival.
‘Therefore, I am fully backing The News’ campaign to double the number of defibrillators in our area.
‘Their hard work has already resulted in more defibrillators being available in Havant and Fareham.
‘I look forward to working with them to continue promoting this important campaign in Gosport so we can help improve survival rates of people suffering cardiac arrests.’
The News started its Heartbeat campaign to help save lives. There is a shortage of defibrillators in Portsmouth and surrounding areas – and particularly publicly-accessible devices that anybody can use in times of emergency.
Ms Dinenage has also started supporting a similar scheme launched by the British Heart Foundation which aims to have more defibrillators and CPR training available across the country.
She added: ‘I welcomed the scheme launched by the British Heart Foundation and I wrote to a number of organisations encouraging them to apply.
‘Thanks to a £1m grant from the Department of Health, the charity is accepting applications for public access defibrillators and CPR training kits from organisations.’
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