Tuesday 13th October 2015 – 11.00am – Claire Brown.
The Trust’s turtle-shaped engagement mascot gave the gift of live to his sponsor company recently.
As part of the Trust’s project to increase the number of defibrillators in public places, Lloyd the Paramedic Turtle and his colleagues went along to Celesio UK in September to present them with their very own automated external defibrillator; a device used to help restart the heart of someone in cardiac arrest.
The Trust handed over the life-saving device at Celesio UK’s Coventry based Support Centre last month and provided CPR and defibrillator training to staff. The company is so passionate about saving lives that earlier this year it installed defibrillators at their AAH Pharmaceuticals branches in Birmingham and Tamworth and have since purchased two further devices for their Support Centre which employs almost 1,000 staff.
Sarah Storey, Group Health, Safety and Environmental Manager at Celesio UK, said: “We were very happy to welcome Lloyd and the team from West Midlands Ambulance Service as the safety and wellbeing of our employees is paramount. By having the correct training and defibrillators, we are safe in the knowledge that in the event of a cardiac arrest we have the right equipment to hand that could potentially save a life.”
Diane Scott, West Midlands Ambulance Service Deputy Chief Executive said: “We’re delighted to support the siting of the new Automated External Defibrillator. We applaud any organisation which ensures their staff know how to save a life, and have access to lifesaving equipment.”
Pictured (left to right): Bobby Qayum – WMAS Community Response Manager, Lloyd the Paramedic Turtle, Steve Howard – Superintendent Pharmacist and Quality & Regulatory Director.
Notes to Editor: During the Trust’s Long Service and Excellence Award Ceremony in March, Lloyd was unveiled to the public as the ambulance service mascot after being designed by a local school child and sponsored by the parent company of Lloyds Pharmacy, Celesio UK.