Unused Rushden phone boxes transformed into life-saving defibrillators

The medical devices help restore the patient's heart rhythm before emergency services arrive and improve their survival rate

By Stephanie Weaver
Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 2:50 pm

Two unused phone boxes in Rushden have been transformed into life-saving defibrillators.

The new defibrillators have been installed inside unused phone boxes in the town.

One is located in Haddon Close, off Barnwell Drive, and the other is in Upper Queen Street, opposite the Premier shop.

Two unused phone boxes in Rushden have been transformed into life-saving defibrillators

Defibrillators are medical devices that help and support a rescue for a patient in cardiac arrest, working to restore their heart rhythm before emergency services arrive and improving the patient's survival rate.

First Aid for Life says if a defibrillator is used within three to five minutes of cardiac arrest, survival rates jump from six per cent to 74 per cent.

Rushden Town Council has also installed defibrillators at Hall Park, Spencer Park Pavilion and Jubilee Park Pavilion.

A spokesman for the town council said: "The potentially life-saving defibrillators have been funded by Rushden Town Council, along with contributions from East Northamptonshire Council's 'Councillor Empowerment Fund,' and a kind donation of £100 from the Independent Wesleyan Church."

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