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Railway stations equipped with life-saving kit

Railway stations equipped with life-saving kit

Published at 6:03am 16th February 2016. (Updated at 2:46pm 16th February 2016)

Defibrillators have been installed at more railway stations in Yorkshire, including Harrogate, Ilkley and Skipton.

Northern Rail has introduced the life-saving devices through a successful partnership with Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Nearly 40 sets have already been installed at other stations across the network in the last 12 months.

The community Public Access Defibrillators (cPAD) are simple and safe to use, with the machines giving clear spoken instructions, and no training is required to use one.

Once in position, a defibrillator will detect the heart's rhythm and will only deliver an electric shock if one is needed.

Natalie Loughborough, Customer Service Director for Northern, said: "This piece of equipment is worth its weight in gold, and across the country, countless lives have been saved by the provision of the cPAD in public spaces.

"Last year, one of our most recently installed cPAD was used by a member of our team to help save the life of a customer, which is fantastic."

Emma Scott, Community Defibrillation Officer at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, added: "We know that in many medical emergencies the first few minutes are critical, and if effective treatment can be performed, lives can be saved and disability reduced.

"The importance of the Chain of Survival, including early recognition, calling 999, bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and early defibrillation, cannot be underestimated.

"Having easy access to a community Public Access Defibrillator (cPAD) means that immediate life-saving care can be provided in an emergency situation, such as cardiac arrest, in the vital minutes before the ambulance arrives.

"These pieces of kit really do have the potential to save more lives and are an important asset to public places such as stations."

Meanwhile, the widow of Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones is raising money for defibrillators at all rugby league clubs.

Danny collapsed and died from an undiagnosed heart condition during a match against London Skolars last year.

Lizzie Jones has launched a charity called the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund and set a target of £50,000.

More information at www.justgiving.com/danny-jones-defibrillator-fund

Danny Jones

Danny Jones who died whilst playing for Keighley Cougars