ASDA is better off with a defibrillator

Tuesday 24th June 2014 – 1.15pm – Chris Kowalik.

ASDA stores in Herefordshire and Worcestershire have been fitted with lifesaving equipment.

Defibrillators are being installed in all of ASDA’s stores throughout the country in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation. A defibrillator is a device that could restart the heart of someone who suffers a cardiac arrest.

Today (Tuesday 24th June) it was the turn of the store in Kidderminster where staff were trained in its use by West Midlands Ambulance Service. Today completes the installations for the two counties’ stores; the others being Hereford, Worcester, Pershore and Bromsgrove.

Store Manager Grant Gardner said: “I think the training we had today was excellent. It was very knowledgeable, it was easy to follow. I had a few worries about using the defibrillator but no worries now because the instructions are there for us to follow. I think it’s fantastic that ASDA are doing it in the local community.”

Audio: Grant Gardner:

Diane Pearson, Community Response Trainer for West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “It’s part of a large programme across the country and it’s really good that ASDA has taken that on as a chain not just individual stores. Defibrillators are important, they can save lives and the more people who know about them and can access them, the better chance we have of saving people.”

Audio: Diane Pearson:

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Pictured left to right: Diane Pearson, Grant Gardner, Charlie Woodruffe (Service Section Leader)

Picture credit: “West Midlands Ambulance Service”


Note to Editors:

A cardiac arrest is not a “heart attack”.


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