Photos: BT red phone boxes get heart-starting makeover

Photos: BT red phone boxes get heart-starting makeover

Summary: Defibrillator machines coming to communities' kiosks...

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  • Lower Slaughter Cotswold Gloucestershire

    Sheila Jeffery, Cotswold district councillor and representative on the Health Scrutiny Committee, said in a statement: "Lower Slaughter is a very beautiful but very busy Cotswold village, with a large number of visitors every year, and the kiosk really could help saves lives in the future."

    The village of Lower Slaughter is pictured above.

    Photo: Jayt74

  • BT Red Phone Box defibrillator

    The defibrillator machines are secured within high-visibility, vandal-resistant, heated steel cabinets and require a combination code to be opened - available from the emergency services by dialling 999.

    The machine talks the user through administering treatment to a casualty, including - if required - delivering a controlled electric shock to restore normal heartbeat.

    Up to 200,000 people in the UK suffer a sudden cardiac attack every year, according to BT. Use of defibrillation and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) increases the chance of survival from five per cent with CPR alone to up to 50 per cent with CPR and a defibrillator.

    Photo: BT

  • BT Red Phone Box defibrillator

    Martin Fagan, national secretary of the CHT, said in a statement: "Phone boxes are ideal locations for emergency medical equipment because they're often in the centre of a village.

    "With something as serious as a cardiac arrest, time is of the essence, and unfortunately the emergency services can't always reach country villages in the recommended five minutes. We hope that many more people will adopt their kiosk and enlist our help to save lives in rural communities."

    Pictured above is Sheila Jeffery, Cotswold district councillor with John Lumb, BT general manager of BT Payphones, the CHT's Schofield and Kevin Dickens, community response manager for Great Western NHS.

    Photo: BT

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