The Lord Mayor encourages the City of London to save a life with a workplace defibrillator

The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Fiona Woolf, and Chairman of London Ambulance Service, Richard Hunt CBE today (11 June) urged businesses in the Square Mile to get a workplace defibrillator and to become accredited with the London Ambulance Service – to help save more lives.

Mansion House knows the importance of having a defibrillator and ensuring that it’s working and properly maintained, having recently saved a life on its premises.

Keeper of the Walbrook Hall John Davies used the Mansion House defibrillator when he stepped in to save the life of a Brazilian woman in her 50s being chauffeur driven through the City last February. Trained first-aider John, a former Welsh Guards Bandsman, said: “The chauffeur got out and asked for help and the Mansion House security team called me to the woman and brought me a defibrillator to use. Having the right equipment and some basic training meant that I could re-start her heart after cardiac arrest until the ambulance crews arrived and took over.”

The Lord Mayor added: “Mansion House has first-hand experience of how workplace defibrillators can save lives through John’s incredibly brave and timely actions. Cardiac arrest can affect anybody without warning so this is a crucial issue that is relevant to businesses of all sizes.”

Richard Hunt said: “If you have a cardiac arrest, your heart stops beating and you are clinically dead. There are around 10,000 such incidents a year in London. Many more lives could be saved. Every second counts which is why we want more defibrillators in our offices, shops, leisure facilities and other public places.” 

Around 28 per cent of people survive a cardiac arrest in a public place, but where there is a defibrillator and someone trained to use it, the chance of survival can increase to 80 per cent.

The Lord Mayor’s encouragement to the City to get a workplace defibrillator is part of the London Ambulance Service’s ‘Shockingly Easy’ campaign to get 1,000 extra defibrillators in shops, businesses and gyms across the capital to save more lives.

For more information on how to get a defibrillator for your workplace and training on how to use it call us on 020 7783 2366 or go to www.londonambulance.nhs.uk/shockinglyeasy

Notes to editors

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  • The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of the City of London is the official title for the head of the City of London Corporation, which provides local, policing and other services for the Square Mile.
  • Mansion House is the home and office of the Lord Mayor of the City of London
  • A defibrillator is a machine that delivers an electric shock to the heart to restart it.
  • There are 2,322 sites or organisations which have at least one defibrillator in London but we would like to see at least 1,000 extra defibrillator locations by next year.
  • A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops pumping blood around the body, and can be a result of heart attack, choking or trauma.
  • A heart attack happens when an artery becomes obstructed, restricting the flow of blood to the heart. The most common sign of a heart attack is chest pain, though there are other symptoms. Left untreated it can lead to a cardiac arrest, which is when the heart stops beating.
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