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Heart attack kit card scheme launched

Ron and Margaret Simpson
Ron and Margaret Simpson

Community leaders are to tell everybody in Uppingham how to use a defibrillator - declaring it could be a case of life and death.

Some 2000 copies of the Uppingham Household Emergency Card are to be popped through the letterboxes of every house in the town over the next few weeks.

They will advise people on how to use defibrillators strategically placed across the town if they come across someone who’s had a heart attack or a cardiac arrest.

Ron Simpson, director and secretary of Uppingham First community partnership, said: “This scheme could well turn out to be a lifesaver.

“We have a team of volunteers who will distribute this card to every home in Uppingham throughout the next two to three weeks.”

Mr Simpson said one side of the A5-sized info sheet will give householders emergency numbers for the police, fire brigade and ambulance service.

“And the other side will reassure people about the defibrillators we have in the town.

“We’ve set up a network of this vital piece of equipment in a bid to cover the whole of Uppingham,” said Ron.

“We have two defibrillators in the town centre and two more out on housing estates.

“We are training volunteers all the time on using this vital kit.

“But anyone may have to use a defibrillator at any time - and this is all about the difference between living and dying.

“Every second counts in an emergency like this.

“People who call the ambulance service will be told where the nearest one is and give you their entry codes.”

He said the defibrillators cost £2000 each while the cards will add up to £300 with the initiative backed by Uppingham Rotary Club.

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