Installing defibrillators on our parks
We are installing Automated Exterior Defibrillators (AEDs) on Leicester’s parks.
AEDs have the potential to save lives. The aim is to have at least 30 units installed on the major parks and open spaces in Leicester by 2020. The majority will be available 24 hours a day.
Our first AEDs were installed in 2016 at:
- Watermead Country Park South (on toilet block)
- Evington Park (at bowls pavillion)
- Cossington Recreation Ground (on the toilet blocks)
- Rushey Fields Recreation Ground (on the changing rooms)
- Humberstone Park (on toilet block)
- Victoria Park (on the toilet blocks)
- Aylestone Hall Gardens (near the outer wall)
- Abbey Park (on the cafe - 24 hours/park office - office hours only)
- Spinney Hill Park cafe (Opening hours only - closed on Mondays)
- Braunstone park (Stable block - office hours only)
All are available 24 hours unless stated.
We have chosen these parks for phase one of the scheme, as emergency and ‘red alert’ call-outs by East Midlands Ambulance Service have previously been made to these areas.
The equipment is situated in bright yellow metal cabinets in prominent places, and locked with a keypad.
How do Automatic Exterior Defibrillators work?
AEDs are designed to shock the heart out of fibrillation (where the heart is squirming out of rhythm rather than beating evenly), and stop it, to allow the heart to restart in rhythm.
The machines use easy-to-follow audio prompts to guide the first responder to give cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and attach the pads to give stimulus to the patient. This can allow valuable time for paramedics to arrive and provides a better chance of patient survival.
The AEDs need to reach a patient in the shortest time possible - the first three minutes are vital. Any longer than eight minutes decreases chances of survival.
The first responder who dials 999 will be given the keypad code to unlock the AED. In the meantime, other responders can give CPR to the patient.
AED training sessions
We're holding free AED and CPR training sessions across the city's parks.
For more details on a session near you and to book your place, please send us an email.