New community defibrillator unveiled in Haywards Heath
12 May 2017
A retirement housing development owned by Hanover Housing Association and known for its commitment to the health and wellbeing of its residents and strong community spirit has unveiled a community defibrillator at Mill Hill Close.
Earlier this year, residents at the Haywards Heath estate successfully gained a local authority grant to install a defibrillator. The new equipment can be easily accessed by the emergency services, along with anybody living on the estate or in the wider community when an emergency situation arises.
Some years previously, a local resident was sadly unable to be resuscitated by paramedics, despite them arriving quickly on the scene. Following this tragic event, Hanover estate manager Jackie Parton and Mill Hill Close residents felt that having a defibrillator on site would offer reassurance to those living on the estate and the whole community.
Yesterday their efforts came to fruition when a group of the residents from Mill Hill Close and nearby Hanover estate Barnard Gate met for afternoon tea and a talk about the new defibrillator from Malcolm Legg, Community Partnership Lead for the South East Coast Ambulance Service. They were joined at the unveiling by Sir Nicholas Soames and a number of local councillors.
Jackie Parton, Estate Manager at Hanover Housing Association, said: 'I found Malcolm’s talk really interesting and strongly believe that there should be access to defibs for all in the community.'
Local councillors are set to discuss whether planning applications on new developments in the area should provide a defibrillator as part of the submission. Such an effective, co-ordinated community response as this can be key to improving survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.