King’s College Cambridge commits to helping save lives


Editor’s Note: As shared with us via the East of England Ambulance Service.

King’s College Cambridge staff are enhancing their ability to help save lives by installing a second defibrillator in its grounds.

The East of England Ambulance Service is backing the work between the college and national charity Community HeartBeat Trust, and the defibrillator means staff have learned how to provide life saving skills while they wait for an ambulance to arrive.

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Carl Hodson, Head Porter, and Martin Fagan, CHT (foreground). Ann Sellwood, college first aid training officer; Vicky Few, college nurse; and Lorna Hayes, Cambridgeshire ambulance service community partnership manager (background).

Lorna added: “Defibrillators within the community are vital tool to provide lifesaving treatment to patients quickly at a time when speed matters.

Lorna Hayes, the ambulance service’s community partnership manager for Cambridgeshire joined college nurse Vicky Few, college first aid training officer Ann Sellwood, head porter Carl Hodson and CHT secretary Martin Fagan on Wednesday morning for the official presentation of the defibrillator.

Vicky said: “This is a wonderful facility for the College as we have more than 450,000 people through the gates each year. For this reason, King’s has invested in two AEDs, one for the Chapel and now this one for the Porters’ Lodge. Some of the other Colleges are also taking the decision to provide them to enhance their first aid provision.”

Kings is one of several colleges in Cambridge which now have defibrillators available to support emergency treatment. Working with the Community HeartBeat Trust, Cambridge University has been leading the way in making these important life saving pieces of equipment available to students and the public alike.

“Those few vital minutes when someone is in cardiac arrest can make all the difference to a patient, and having access to a defibrillator at your time of need could save your life so we very much support the college in this initiative.”

Martin added: “The whole process from the Trust receiving an application and getting a defib to the site is about three to four weeks. Our efforts with this initiative will hopefully encourage general awareness of basic life support skills at the college.”