Specsavers Eastbourne are looking out for the community after installing a lifesaving defibrillator in store.

Local charity

Specsavers, located at 43 Terminus Road, were given the defibrillator by local charity Eastbourne Ambulance Community First Responders, following a recent incident near the store when a member of the public was taken ill.

This defibrillator has now been registered with the South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust so that should it be needed in the immediate area, a 999 caller can be directed to go to the Specsavers store and collect it.

Matt Briggs, store director of Specsavers Eastbourne, who is also a volunteer First Responder for the Ambulance Service, said: ‘As a community focused store we feel it is important that we can help locals when they need it the most so we enrolled 13 of our staff to undergo the Heartstart training course.

The course provides training in emergency life support including cardio pulmonary resuscitation and also a defibrillator familiarisation session.’

Life saving

David Watkins, Ambulance Community First Responders Chairman, said ‘It is important to get a defibrillator to a patient who is in cardiac arrest as quickly as possible and it is great to have another available in the heart of Eastbourne town centre. We are keen to see them on street corners, in shops, schools, offices, hotels and as many places in the area as possible as they really can save a life’.

Eastbourne Ambulance Community First Responders

The Eastbourne Ambulance Community First Responders are volunteers trained to respond to certain emergency 999 calls on behalf of the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust serving the local community.

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