Covent Garden receives lifesaving equipment

Visitors to Covent Garden can now be assured of receiving the very best in service from the first aid team, following the installation of a defibrillator.

Defibrillators are machines that can deliver a shock to restart a patient’s heart should they suffer a cardiac arrest – when the heart stops pumping blood around the body.

The 14-strong security team at Covent Garden Market will now be on hand to deliver this lifesaving care if needed 24 hours a day.

The Service is responsible for over 750 public-access defibrillators around the capital, placed in tourist attractions, transport hubs, shopping centres and sports facilities.

Last year the scheme helped to save eight patients who had suffered a cardiac arrest to be discharged from hospital.

Community Resuscitation Training Officer Malcolm Ritchie said: “With a cardiac arrest every second counts in the delivery of first aid. When a person’s heart stops there is limited time in which to deliver a shock, and after that time has passed there is little chance of survival.

“The work of the team at Covent Garden Market is extremely important in helping more people to survive cardiac arrest, and we are delighted with the commitment they have shown.”

General Manager Simon Morrison from Covent Garden Market said: “Covent Garden attracts over 44 million visitors a year and we are really pleased to have this life-saving equipment now on site.

“The defibrillator will enable our staff to carry out lifesaving care in even the most extreme of situations and we are very grateful to be able to offer this service as a part of our ongoing mission to make Covent Garden both an enjoyable and safe destination.”

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