New £2k device for town’s high street could save lives

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The chairman of a fundraising body has hailed a new lifesaving device for a town centre high street.

Robin Waters, chairman of Halstead Hospital’s League of Friends, said defibrillators were proven lifesavers, after the group spent £2,000 on one of the devices. It will be placed on the wall of Saffron Building Society in the High Street.

On advice from the Elizabeth Courtauld Surgery, the group – which to date has raised and spent £3million on health care improvements in the town – set about fundraising for the equipment.

Most of the money was raised during a quiz night, with the evening’s takings doubled by Barclays bank.

Mr Waters said the device was completely user-friendly and could be unlocked by calling 999.

“They have been proven to save lives,” he said. “If a heart attack victim can be treated straight away, it could save valuable minutes before an ambulance arrives.”