New life saving equipment in prominent town centre location

New life saving equipment is now on hand in Welwyn Garden City town centre, thanks to Defibrillators in Public Places (DiPPs).

Defib WGC

A defibrillator is a device used to give a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall when someone is in cardiac arrest. The defibrillator is logged on the ambulance despatch system and someone dialling 999 for a person in cardiac arrest will be given the code to open the cabinet to access the defibrillator.

DiPPs was set up in 2016, by David and Arline Hursey, and Arline's sister Jude Temple, after the death of David and Arline's son James, who died from cardiac arrest. The charity was set up with the aim of seeing more defibrillators in public places for the 80,000 people who will have a cardiac arrest in a public place each year - so far, 31 defibrillators have been installed across Welwyn Hatfield. DiPPs worked with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council to find a prominent town centre location for the defibrillator and to install the equipment.

Councillor Fiona Thomson, Executive Member for Public Health, said:

We obviously hope that this defibrillator is never needed, but unfortunately cardiac arrest remains a leading cause of death, and public access defibrillators are vital in enabling early access to lifesaving equipment. Evidence shows that if someone has fallen victim to cardiac arrest then the earlier the defibrillation, the greater chance of survival and better quality of life post-survival they have.

Snappy Snaps is a key location in Welwyn Garden City town centre, which will enable easy access 24/7 for the local community just in case of an emergency.

Our thanks goes to the owner of the store, Raj, for working with us to install the device, and to DiPPs for providing the equipment.

Arline, from DiPPs, said:

We would like to say a huge thank you to the Welwyn Hatfield community for helping us get where we are today, we've had cake bakers, football players, zip line flyers and London to Brighton walkers, all of which have helped us raise the funds to be able to buy and place these defibrillators.

If anyone would like to support us or can help in anyway please contact the DiPPs team on dipps4james@gmail.com.

Another public access defibrillator is located at the Jim McDonald Centre in Hatfield. This was funded by Rotary International in 2018.