Redbridge Council, working with the London Hearts charity campaign, is planning to install 30 public access defibrillators across the Borough.
The new equipment will be easily accessible in public places so that immediate help can be given to anyone suffering severe heart problems.
According to the UK Resuscitation Council, defibrillation within 3-5 minutes of someone collapsing with a cardiac arrest can produce survival rates as high as 50-70%.
The project is one of the largest of its kind to be undertaken by a local authority and will be funded by the Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy which pays for health care facilities, school improvements, leisure centres and transport.
“We are committed to improving lives so I am absolutely delighted that we are rolling out these vital defibrillators so that the local communities we serve will be able to benefit from their use,” commented Councillor Kam Rai, Deputy Leader at Redbridge Council.
“In an emergency a defibrillator can be the difference between life and death, which is why we are ensuring that this essential equipment is installed in high-traffic areas where anyone can reach them and provide the crucial response in a life-threatening situation.”
Kimberley Lloyd, Operations Manager for London Hearts said:
“As a result of their partnership with London Hearts, Redbridge Council have demonstrated their pioneering commitment to heart health within their community”.
The Leisure Centre is the first location in Wanstead to have a defibrillator fitted. An interactive map on the Redbridge Council website will be regularly updated as additional defibrillators are installed in the area.