Friday 10th May 2024

Life Saving Defibrillator Installed at our Codicote Development

We have installed a public access defibrillator (PAD) at our Codicote development, The Vale, to benefit the community in the local area and to help people who suffer from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.


An essential device for every community

During 2019, the British Heart Foundation worked with us to train our employees in CPR skills and to provide every one of our building sites in the UK with a defibrillator. Now that work has finished at our Octavia development in Whetstone, the PAD has been repurposed for the residents at The Vale and the surrounding area and has been installed outside the development's sales office.

The defibrillator will remain at The Vale's sales office for the duration of the sales office being open.

The Vale

A defibrillator is a portable device that can be used by anyone to help restart the heart when someone suffers from a cardiac arrest and has stopped breathing. No specific training is needed and the device will only deliver a shock to the heart if necessary. When someone has a cardiac arrest, every second counts. For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR the chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent.

We are committed to ensuring all of our defibrillators are registered on The Circuit, the national defibrillator network, which is a joint venture with the British Heart Foundation, the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, the Resuscitation Council UK and St John Ambulance. Data from The Circuit is shared with 999 call handlers so dispatchers can direct bystanders straight to the nearest defibrillator. This increases the chances of defibrillators being used quickly and significantly improves the chances of a successful resuscitation.

The Circuit's aim is to map all public access defibrillators in the UK, so ambulance services can direct bystanders to the nearest defibrillator in the event of a cardiac arrest - the ultimate medical emergency.