Supporting community health
The new defibrillator, which is located at the Boxgrove shopping parade facing the car park, has been supported by Bevan Wilson Physiotherapy alongside financial sponsorship from Surrey County Council and Boxgrove Park Residents’ Association. Donations were also made by Peacocks Delicatessen, CATS Electrical, RSM Domestic Appliances, The Guildford Butchery and Flex Electrical.
Bevan Wilson Physiotherapy, part of the Atlas Health Group, recognised the importance of installing this life-saving appliance to support the health of local people in an emergency.
James Avery, Commercial Director at Atlas Health Group, said: “The defibrillator is a life-saving piece of equipment which we are delighted to provide for the local community, customers and staff, who will have a much higher chance of survival, should they suffer a cardiac arrest.
“Prior to this defibrillator being installed, the nearest defibrillators in Guildford were located in Burpham and Merrow, that are outside of the recommended effective travel time for use in the Boxgrove area.”
Accessible life-saving treatment
According to The British Heart Foundation, defibrillators are vital to help someone survive a cardiac arrest, providing a quick response and delivering a controlled shock to the patient.
Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Communities, Denise Turner-Stewart said: “Defibrillators can be the difference between life and death.
“You have a much better chance of surviving a cardiac arrest if you can access one of the many defibrillators across the county, which is why it’s great to see another defibrillator in the county with this provision at Guildford Boxgrove.
“It is so important that we make sure all machines are registered with the national defibrillator network – The Circuit – enabling the emergency services to locate and advise where the nearest defibrillator is should you need this potentially life-saving piece of equipment.”
Public access defibrillators (PADs) can be used by anyone in the community and instructions are clearly presented on the device. The installation of this device will provide life-saving treatment in an emergency and deliver a shock, to increase chances of survival.
Atlas Health Group support practices like Bevan Wilson to make impactful change at a local level. Practices under the Atlas umbrella retain their own name and management style, and enable practices to build their business with senior support, enhanced infrastructure, and systems.
Established in January 2021, Atlas Health Group has seven practices across the UK, including Baldock, Hertfordshire; Cranleigh, Surrey; Ampthill and Flitwick in Bedfordshire; Colmworth, Bedfordshire; and Stirling in Scotland.