Greenwich Leisure

Greenwich Leisure receiving our Saving Lives awardGreenwich Leisure (GLL) has a defibrillator in all of its 120 leisure centres and has trained over 1,500 staff in how to use them.

The first defibrillator was installed in October 2011. Since then they have been used on 11 occasions, with nine patients, including Andrew Louw, surviving as a direct result of the use of a defibrillator.

Greenwich Leisure's Quality, Audit and Improvement Manager Michelle Howe said: "Every year we have many thousands of visitors to our leisure centres and there is of course a risk that one of the visitors may suffer a cardiac arrest.

"The defibrillators and the London Ambulance Service’s (LAS) ongoing support and guidance, have given our staff the confidence to carry out first aid in even the most extreme of situations.

"Being part of the LAS scheme has enabled GLL to understand exactly what is possible with defibrillators and has helped dispel the myths regarding the machines. LAS has also provided ongoing support to GLL helping us to save nine lives."

GLL was awarded at our Saving Lives awards ceremony for installing defibrillators in its leisure centres.

  • Photo: GLL representatives with Dame Helen Mirren at the Saving Lives awards ceremony.