Defibrillators at our parks
We have invested in the installation of 31 defibrillators, also known as Automatic Exterior Defibrillators (AEDs) at a number of a our main parks and well used facilities across Leicester.
Where are they located?
All of our defibrillators are located in bright yellow boxes in prominent positions on parks. All parks that have a defibrillator have a notice at the entrance to identify its location, and all maps on site will have the location detailed.
How do we decide where they are installed?
We have chosen the locations and based the installations on the East Midlands Ambulance Service, 'red alert' call out list. The list highlights the areas which have received most call outs in the past. We have then provided additional defibrillators at our other sites to give a good coverage over the city.
How do they work?
Defibrillators are easy to use. They are designed to shock the heart out of fibrillation (where the heart is squirming out of rhythm rather than beating evenly), and stop it, to allow the heart to restart in rhythm.
The machines have easy to follow audio prompts, and provide valuable time for paramedics to arrive and provide a better chance of patient survival. The first 3 minutes are vital to the patient’s survival.
What to do in an emergency
If you are dealing with the patient:
- Call 999 and ask someone to do CPR chest compressions
- The emergency services will give you the access code to the defibrillator box.
You can find a full step-by-step guide below.
How to use a defibrillator
Join free defibrillator training sessions
Parks Services in partnership with the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust provide free AED and CPR training sessions at several parks locations. Get in touch with us for further details.