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Defibrillator installed in hotel at the heart of Southsea

October 25, 2022

In the wake of Restart a Heart Day, a worldwide initiative where countries around the world promote the importance of learning how to save lives using CPR and a defibrillator, the Queens Hotel in Southsea has a defibrillator installed in the hotel.

Kind-hearted Lara Hardwick was inspired to raise funds for a defibrillator after her Dad, Alan, a fit and healthy 67-year-old, experienced a cardiac arrest back in April when he was jogging in Southsea. She explained how an incredible set of events ensured Alan survived the medical emergency – and she and her family hope the defibrillator will help to raise the chance of survival for others.

Lara said:

“A friend happened to pass my Dad a few seconds before the incident, who then called the ambulance, and an off-duty nurse who happened to be driving by, parked up and started good strong CPR.

The builders from the site opposite also performed CPR – our hero Josh, trained from his time in the army. Paramedics arrived and put Dad into an induced coma to protect his brain, and took him straight into resus and then onto intensive care. He was in hospital for 3 weeks in which time he slowly but defiantly came back to us.

We count our lucky stars every day to still have him with us,”

After taking a while to get her trainers back on, Lara and her partner Tom ran the Hackney Half Marathon in May and decided to take the opportunity with our close friends and family to raise money for a defibrillator which will hopefully go on to give another person the best chance possible.

Lara added:

“Just 10.8% of people who experience a cardiac arrest outside of hospital survive. Taking 5 minutes out of your day to learn CPR from this easy link could help increase that number.  Figures published by London Ambulance Service also show that when a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) was used by a bystander and at least one shock was delivered to patients, the survival rate was more than five times higher (57%). “

General Manager at The Queens Hotel, Portsmouth, Paul Playford, said:

“We are really pleased to be able to accommodate the defibrillator at The Queens Hotel. We are known as the hotel at the heart of Southsea and we take our commitment to our local community very seriously.  Having the defibrillator based at the hotel means we can play an important role in the health and safety of our community.”

Anne Jolly MBE, Founder of SADS UK, the charity who arranged for the defibrillator to be sited at the hotel, said:

“We are pleased that thanks to Lara, her family and supporters, the Queens Hotel will now have a defibrillator on site.  SADS UK is passionate about saving lives and promotes the importance of individuals learning CPR and how to use a defibrillator to help save lives. Since 1998 SADS UK has assisted thousands of schools and many communities to put defibrillators on their premises and delivered training on CPR and how to use a defibrillator.”


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