Healthwatch Lancashire is now CardiacSmart


Employees from Healthwatch Lancashire have made Lancashire Business Park a safer place by becoming CardiacSmart with the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) – giving them all the potential to save a life!

Healthwatch Lancashire had to fulfil a series of criteria to gain their Silver CardiacSmart award. The aim of the CardiacSmart award is to recognise local business’ and community groups for their dedication to raising awareness of heart health, basic life support and defibrillators.

The CardiacSmart initiative, born from the Chain of Survival Partnership, works to extend the blanket coverage of public access Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and provide more individuals with training in basic life support; in order to improve a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

Life saving training received by staff

Project Officer Ilyas Patel at the life saving training with by Cheryl Pickstock from NWAS

Healthwatch Lancashire now have one of the AED devices installed at their office on Lancashire Business Park which can be accessed by North West Ambulance Service staff or trained staff in emergency should anyone suffer a cardiac arrest.

Around 80,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital each year, and with every minute a person does not receive treatment their chance of survival decreases by 10%. Cardiac arrest is the most extreme case of an emergency, as the patient loses consciousness at once and there are no signs of life. Defibrillators give an electric shock through the chest wall and help to restore a normal heartbeat.

No one knows who will suffer from cardiac arrest, but what is known is that the speed of response, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation within the first few minutes will improve the patient’s chance of survival and recovery.

Leyland House, Lancashire Business ParkNeil Greaves, Healthwatch Lancashire Communications Manager, said: “For our staff to have received the Emergency life support training from North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust and to have installed a defibrillator in the Healthwatch Lancashire offices is a real benefit to the large number of people who work and visit Lancashire Business Park. It’s really easy to make a difference and may be save a life.”

“The training which includes CPR and operating a defibrillator was provided for free by the North West Ambulance Service together with information and support on how to become CardiacSmart.”