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 community responders to use. However, there can always be more, especially in Ventura Park, and so I have launched his ‘Defib-A-Day’ campaign over August 2019 to highlight a number of defibrillator sites every single day, raising awareness to local residents.
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.
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.
If you would like to get involved with Tamworth Have A Heart visit - www.tamworthhaveaheart.co.uk
If you are a young person wishing to be screened for heart health visit - www.c-r-y.org.uk/screening/
Defibrillators are easy to use and if you're unsure, when you call 999 and provide the details of the defib, the team will talk you through use.
Here's the defibrillators I'm highlighting
Day 1 Marmion House
Outside Marmion House - Lichfield Street
At the home of Tamworth Borough Council, the Marmion House AED has 24 Hour Public Access on the front left of the building. It has already saved 2 lives!
Day 2 Clifton Campville Village Hall
Our defib today is based at Clifton Campville Village Hall, located on the external wall with 24 hour access.
Based at the Village Hall, Church Street, Clifton Campville
Do you know how a defib works? Check out this great video from St John's Ambulance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFvL7wTFzl0
Day 3 - Tamworth Enterprise Centre
Today’s defib is located at Tamworth Enterprise Centre, on the left-hand side of the outside wall y the Taxi Rank and bus stop with 24hr access. Some know this building as the old Philip Dix Centre, it now houses tonnes of new and on the rise local businesses, offers meeting rooms, shared space and mailboxes for any local entrepreneur.
The Defib at the Tamworth Enterprise Centre, Corporation Street, Tamworth, near the Assembly Rooms.
Calling all business owners! Have your staff been trained in First Aid? Could your business install a defib? Studies show immediate delivery of CPR and an AED shock in under 3 minutes can bring survival rates up to 90%.
If you are a business looking to install a defib Tamworth Have a Heart can offer advice and support.
Day 4 - Edingale Village Hall
Day 4 of my Defib a Day campaign takes us back out into the rural areas of our constituency. This defib can be found at Edingale Village Hall, on the right hand side of the main entrance, with 24 hour access. Another AED can be found on Main Rd, Edingale, opposite the Black Horse.
Defib based at the village hall, Main Road, Edingale
The British Heart Foundation gives 4 steps you should take if someone is having a cardiac arrest:
1. Call 999
2. Start CPR
3. Ask someone to bring a defibrillator if there is one nearby
4. Turn the defibrillator on and follow the instructions
They are safe, easy to use and save lives.
Day 5 - Philip Howard Opticians
Day 5 of Defib a Day takes us back into the town centre, to Philip Howard in Tamworth. This defib is located on the front wall of the shop and is 24 hour access. This particular defib was kindly donated by Tamworth Lions.
Philip Howard Opticians on Market Street in Tamworth town centre, near to the Castle and Ankerside. There's usually a gorilla keeping watch...
For more information about local defibs in our constituency and beyond, visit Tamworth Have A Heart’s website www.haveahearttamworth.wordpress.com where they have a map of local defibs. If you have an onsite defib which isn’t marked on the map do let the team know!
Day 6 - Hints Village Hall
Whether you’re after a BBQ or a car show, Hints Village Hall has some wonderful events this summer!
They also have another lifesaving Public Access Defib on the front external wall, to the right of the main entrance.
The defib is outside the village hall in Hints, on School Lane
If you are interested in installing a public access defib in your community Tamworth Have A Heart can provide advice and support to get you on your way.
Day 7 - Tamworth Snowdome
Day 7 of Defib a Day and it’s one of the unique places that brings people from all over to visit Tamworth Snow Dome! They have staff trained in First Aid and a lifesaving AED, available during opening times inside the building.
The defib inside Tamworth Snowdome, Riverdrive, Tamworth
The building is open from 7am until 11pm for gym access, the attraction itself opens from 9am. So whether you're active in the gym or braving the ski slope the support is there if you need it.
Across the road Strykers bowling in NAMCO Funscape has a 24hr Access AED on the right hand side of the main entrance.
Day 8 - The White Lion, Harlaston
Day 8 of Defib of the Day takes us to the White Lion Pub in Harlaston which has some delicious seasonal food! And a public access defib on the outside wall, to the right of the restaurant.
The defib on the White Lion, Main Road, Harlaston
For people living in villages, the local pub is often the place to get together, meet neighbours and engage in community events, thankfully all the locals know where this particular defib is!
Day 9 - ASDA at Ventura Park
You can find almost anything in Ventura Retail Park, but do you know where to look for a lifesaving defib? ASDA’s is accessible during business hours located at the Customer Services Desk. Just walk in and turn left.
M&S also has one in customer services, and Bannatynes has one in their gym.
The Defib is inside Asda on Ventura Park Road, Tamworth
As part of Defib a Day I have written to businesses to encourage them to work with Tamworth Have A Heart to install a 24 hour public access defib on an exterior wall so shoppers can access equipment regardless of where they are shopping.
Day 10 - Quinney Hall, Canwell
Nestled just off Bassetts Pole Island, you may know Quinney Hall (Canwell) as a great venue for weddings, parties and dinners. Located on the left hand side of the entrance porch, this AED has 24hr access.
Defib at Quinney Hall, London Road, Sutton Coldfield
Why not also check out the Midlands’ largest Agricultural show, Canwell Show, today? It’s one day only, showcasing the very best local produce, stunning displays and fun for all the family! I attend almost every year and always have a great time.
Day 11 - Tamworth Cricket & Hockey Club
Still celebrating the historical England Cricket win a few weeks back, our Defib a Day is Tamworth Cricket and Hockey Club! This defib is located right of the entrance on the gate post this defib has 24hr access.
Tamworth Cricket Club defib, Hints Road, Hopwas
For more information about defibs in our constituency and how to acquire on in your community visit Tamworth Have A Heart’s website www.haveahearttamworth.wordpress.com.
Day 12 - Tamworth Railway Station
Day 12 and it’s a special day - Happy 180th Birthday to Tamworth Rail Station 🎂 🎈.
You’ll find the Defib here on the left side of the main entrance on the exterior wall.
The defib at Tamworth Railway Station, Victoria Road, Tamworth
It is accessible 24/7 and has been used in the past to help save lives. Staff are familiar with the device and so can be approached if in doubt. The team are also always happy to call for an ambulance if required.
Day 13 - Fazeley Town Hall
Day 13 of defib a day brings us to Fazeley Town Hall where the defibrillator was donated by Fazeley Pharmacy and Fazeley Town Council.
This defib is accessible 24/7 and can be found on the right hand corner of the hall, near to the car park.
The defib at Fazeley Town Hall just off the A4091
The defib can be used without any prior training but if in doubt, the operator on the end of your 999 call will walk you through use. You cannot shock anybody who does not require it, the machines prevent such a problem from occurring, so there's no need to fear - help where you can.
Also in the area there is a defib outside the Drayton Manor Cricket and Social Club.
Day 14 - Drayton Manor Theme Park
Families from far and wide love Drayton Manor Park. It’s their summer of fun – a great day out to enjoy some varied thrills and attractions from rollercoasters to Meerkats! It’s also one of the most Heart Safe places in Tamworth with 8 Defibs throughout the Park.
Interestingly some of the defibs have been used and have saved lives! Not just with the thrill seekers but with staff too. It is fantastic to know that mobile defibs are on site and can be deployed when needed, keeping people alive.
Day 15 - Tamworth Rugby Club
You’ll always get a warm welcome visiting Tamworth Rugby Club. Great atmosphere every match day and our Defib Of The Day!
This defib is in Wigginton Park at the Rugby Club
Supported by the wonderful Tamworth Have A Heart, this Defib can be found on the right hand side of the function room with 24hr access. Great to know the men and women toughing it out on the rugby fields will always have a defib at hand if required. Near to this the Coton Arms pub also has a defib available on hand
Day 16 - The Old Crown Pub, Wigginton
Day 16 of Defib A Day takes us to the Old Crown of Wigginton. The defib is 24 hours access. If you want to know more about what a defib is and what it does click here .
The defib is outside the pub, 120 Main Road, Wigginton
Tamworth Have A Heart provide free training and support on both CPR and AED’s: visit their website for more information at www.haveahearttamworth.wordpress.com.