Where to find defibrillators in Essex

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A defibrillator gives a high energy shock to someone who is in cardiac arrest. It helps get the heart beating again when it has stopped.

Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time. The importance of these amazing devices, and knowing where to find them, cannot be understated.

You should always call 999 and begin CPR when someone is in cardiac arrest. Do not stop CPR to find a defibrillator. If possible, send someone else to find one.

Knowing the location of your nearest defibrillator is the first step in potentially saving someone’s life. Fortunately, the British Heart Foundation has created an online Defib Finder.

It lists a number of defibrillator sites in Essex. It is worth familiarising yourself with those nearest to your home and place of work.

No formal training is required to use a defibrillator. Simple instructions come with every device. The British Heart Foundation also provides comprehensive guidance about defibrillators and their usage.

Our Deputy Leader, Councillor Louise McKinlay, recently met with the East of England Ambulance service and a local resident to raise awareness around the use of defibrillators.

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