London Ambulance Service prepares for Christmas in Croydon

The London Ambulance Service is gearing up for a busy Christmas in Croydon.

To ensure first-class care can be provided over the festive period, four members of staff and management at the Tiger Tiger bar have been trained to use defibrillators at venues in the Whitgift centre. A defibrillator is a machine used to restart a patient’s heart with an electric shock following a cardiac arrest.

The staff, who are first-aid qualified, will be able to get to cardiac arrest patients in and around the centre quickly, providing life-saving care while ambulance crews are on their way.  

Croydon Ambulance Manager Paul Cook said: “In busy areas like the Whitgift centre it’s important to get to patients as fast as possible and provide effective treatment, especially when someone suffers a cardiac arrest. These volunteers will respond alongside our staff to ensure that patients in the Whitgift Centre calling 999 for an ambulance receive the best possible level of care.”

The Service is also committed to providing extra cycle responders on the busy Saturdays until the New Year. They will provide additional cover during the peak shopping hours.

Paul said: “When you have hundreds of shoppers in one area the cycle responders are ideally placed to get to patients quickly and effectively. They can start providing care before an ambulance crew arrive.”

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Notes to editors:

  • For further information about the London Ambulance Service or this release please contact the communications department on 020 7921 5113.
  • The London Ambulance Service provides free cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to the public and to businesses at a cost. People who are interested in learning CPR and how to save a life in a medical emergency should call 020 7463 3120 or email [email protected]