Charing Cross defibrillator to be moved to ‘safer’ location
A LIFE-SAVING defibrillator which was removed from the Charing Cross Co-op – after a member of the public complained that a passing child could hurt itself on it – is due to be reinstated, it has been announced.
The device – the only one in the area accessible 24 hours a day – will now be reinstalled on a ‘safer’ part of the building.
Silvio Alves, head of infrastructure for the parish of St Helier, said that the defibrillator previously protruded out from the store a ‘considerable amount’ and a child could hit its head or an adult could have hit an arm.
‘We are pleased to confirm that a new location for the defibrillator has been agreed. It will be in-situ as soon as practicable and will be located next to the entrance door into the store,’ he said.
‘We take this opportunity to thank the Co-operative Society for their assistance and agreement to relocate the defibrillator.
‘We encourage organisations and individuals wishing to install a defibrillators to the outside of their property that will result in the defibrillator enclosure encroaching out onto the public pavement, in the first instance, to please contact the parish or Growth Housing and Environment to discuss and agree a suitable location.’
The nearest 24/7 publicly accessible defibrillators are available at Morier House, the General Hospital or the Pomme d’Or Hotel.
A defibrillator, only accessible during opening hours, is being kept in the Charing Cross Co-op store manager’s office in the meantime. Another is available at the Town Hall.