HAUGHTON Green is now home to two crucial defibrillators – and more than 100 people have been showed how to use them.
The vital apparatus was installed at McColls on Haughton Green Road,and Tesco off Mancunian Road and tips on how to use them were given at an open day.
It proved such a success, 100 people were given instructions on how to use them and word is spreading through the community.
“There are two defibrillators in Haughton Green at the doctors at the dentists but they’re only available as long as they’re open,” said Cathy Newton of the Forever Green Community Group, which raised about of £6,000 to get them in.
“But we needed something that was available 24 hours a day as the nearest one was at Crown Point and if you suffer a cardiac arrest, time is everything and that was probably too far.
“So it’s great for the area that these have been installed – but personally, I hope they’re not used!
“We only set up a fundraising group for the defibrillators officially in January, so to have them in already is remarkable.
“We were lucky enough to get some funding from Irwell Valley Homes and the Forever Manchester group but the rest we did ourselves.
“The survival rate for a cardiac arrest outside a hospital environment is just five per cent – this jumps to 50 per cent with the use of a defibrillator and CPR.
“Having these defibrillators in Haughton Green could just save a life.”
The Forever Green group marked the defibrillators’ installation with an open day at Oasis on Tatton Road, where Andrea Roach gave lessons in how to use them.
And the interest was huge.
“She did not stop the whole time she was there from 10am until 3pm – not even for a drink,” Cathy added.
“She taught 100 people in total, which is a massive boost for the area, as those 100 people will tell others how to use the defibrillators.
“They may be fully automated but if people know in advance, it can save even more time and it’s not as easy as you think, as I found out!”
• Forever Green Community Group will also be holding a Christmas afternoon event at Oasis on Sunday, December 10 from 1pm until 3.30pm.