NURSERIES across Coventry now have life-saving devices on hand thanks to support from the ambulance service.
Busy Bees nurseries – including two in Coventry – unveiled automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at their sites to coincide with Family Safety Week.
AEDs can help restart the hearts of people who have had a cardiac arrest.
Last October, Busy Bees took part in Restart a Heart Day with West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) – which saw more than 37,000 youngsters receive vital life-saving training in the region.
WMAS helped Busy Bees install the AEDs, which are now publicly accessible during the nursery opening hours – meaning the devices can be used by members of the public to help save a life.
It is part of a nationwide campaign by Busy Bees which has seen more than 350 AEDs installed in its nurseries across the UK.
Bobby Qayum, the WMAS Trust’s Community Response Manager, said: “Teaching vital resuscitation skills and how to recognise a cardiac arrest are important parts of the work we carry out. The more AEDs that are installed in businesses and public spaces, the more lives that can potentially be saved.”
Jess Sandall of Busy Bees said: “Although we hope that our defibrillator never has to be used, it means that if the worst-case scenario happens we are able to increase the survival chance of anyone who has a cardiac arrest inside or within minutes of our nursery.”