Friends of St Monica’s Grant Aid More Defibrillators

16th June 2022

Coxwold village – photo by Ian S, CC BY-SA 2.0

Friends of St Monica’s Hospital (FOSMH) continue to provide vital health care equipment with their programme of funding public access defibrillators across the Easingwold area. In addition to those already in place, and the most recent one is on Lavender Way on the Persimmon Estate in Easingwold, FOSMH has agreed to support a new location in Coxwold after being approached by the Parish Council.

If a defibrillator is used within 3-5 minutes of a cardiac arrest, survival rates jump from 6% to 74%. Each year in Britain around 30,000 people have such an incident outside a hospital environment. Dr Ian Jackson, Chair of the FOSMH Grants Committee, has underlined the importance of the equipment:

“Defibrillators are easy-to-use and walk the user through the process clearly. They can make the difference between life and death, and we want to help provide their presence across Easingwold and neighbouring villages”.

Two sporting incidents in recent years have highlighted the role “defibs” can play. International footballers Christian Eriksen and Fabrice Muamba both suffered cardiac arrests but because they took place in a sports stadium with a defib on hand, their lives were saved. Dr Jackson continued

“Major modern venues will have the right equipment, but we want to provide defibrillators in our community, easy to access and in reach of local residents and visitors. We will consider any proposal for a community defibrillator as part of our grants programme to maintain and improve the health of local people.”

If you would like to apply for help, then look at our Grant Applications page on this website.

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