Cheltenham gets new 24-hour defibrillator in key location

A new defibrillator has been installed at a central location in Cheltenham town centre, providing 24-hour access to the lifesaving equipment.

By Chloe Gorman  |  Published
The Quadrangle in Cheltenham is now home to a new 24-hour defibrillator, thanks to the Public Hearts Cheltenham campaign.

The Quadrangle in Cheltenham has unveiled a new public access defibrillator, thanks to Public Hearts Cheltenham.

The lifesaving equipment, installed on the outside wall of the new Sef Steakhouse facing the Promenade, is accessible 24/7 in the event of an emergency. 

If someone goes into cardiac arrest, using a defibrillator within the first two to five minutes can drastically increase their chances of survival.

Having them in easily accessible locations could be the difference between life and death in an emergency situation.

The Quadrangle is the only building in the area which can accommodate an outdoor defibrillator providing 24-hour access, making it a key location due to its proximity to the bars and restaurants on the Prom, as well as Imperial and Montpellier Gardens, which become a hive of activity around events like Cheltenham Jazz Festival

The next nearest public access defibrillators are located in phone boxes on Montpellier Walk close to The Ivy and further down the Promenade outside Franco Manca

The new defibrillator has been facilitated by the SGGBA Corporate Social Responsibility Award-winning Public Hearts Cheltenham campaign, in collaboration with founding partners Cheltenham BID; and Spirax Sarco, which generously donated both the defibrillator and its external cabinet. 

Public Hearts Cheltenham has installed more than 50 defibrillators around Cheltenham since 2019 and they are well used. A defibrillator was accessed at least once every single day during Race Week 2023.

Anyone can use a defibrillator as no special training is required, with the equipment providing clear instructions on what to do. In an emergency, 999 call handlers can also tell you where your nearest defibrillator is, if you're not sure. 

The defibrillator at The Quadrangle is operational now. 

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