Tamworth MP Launches the Defib-A-Day Campaign

Wednesday, 31st July 2019

TAMWORTH MP, Christopher Pincher has launched his defibrillator campaign for August across Tamworth and the surrounding villages.

Recent research shows that your best chances of survival from a Cardiac Arrest is to receive a cardiac shock within three minutes.

Every minute afterwards decreases your chance of survival by 10%. Across Tamworth and the surrounding villages, there are around 70 defibrillator boxes for the public to use in the case of a medical emergency

The way they work is that members of the public can gain access to the boxes to use a defibrillator on a patient, by calling the emergency services who will advise on location and cabinet code if one is required.

This speeds up the survival rate as members of the public get straight on with saving lives, not waiting for professional help. The devices are simple to use and you are guided through the process.

However, there can always be more, especially in Ventura Park, and so Mr Pincher has launched his ‘Defib-A-Day’ campaign over August to highlight a number of defibrillator sites every single day, raising awareness to local residents.

You can see the location of all of Tamworth’s defibrillators on the handy map below, which has been created by ‘Tamworth Have A Heart’.

READ MORE: Public access defibrillators for Tamworth

The campaign is in partnership with ‘Tamworth Have A Heart’ run by Keith Dawson and chaired by our town Mayor Richard Kingstone. The MP’s August campaign aims to raise awareness and hopefully encourage more defib units across our towns and villages.

Commenting Mr Pincher said: “I recently met with Cardiac Risk in the Young and to see the effects of heart defects can have on young people got me thinking on how we can help support Tamworth’s population across all heart issues. It sadly brushes many peoples families and if we can continue to increase the number of defibrillator sites or urge more young people to get screened then I will work to do that.

“So every single day in August I will be highlighting different Defibrillator sites across our town and villages, in our papers, on my website and on my social media. I urge residents to share these so we all know where help can be found in the rare situations that it is required.”

Christopher Pincher MP, Tamworth Student Elliott Burchill and Mayor Richard Kingstone

Christopher Pincher MP, Tamworth Student Elliott Burchill and Mayor Richard Kingstone