Defibrillators placed outside Runnymede buildings

Five public access defibrillators have been installed in Surrey as part of a drive to increase life-saving equipment across the South East.

Runnymede council has worked with the ambulance service to place two defibrillators in Addlestone and three across Thorpe, Chertsey and Egham.

People would be offered free sessions on how to use them, the council said.

It said the machines were in more hard-to-reach areas, such as Thorpe, where an ambulance may take longer to arrive.

The machines have been put outside the Eileen Tozer Centre and Surrey Towers in Addlestone, Thorpe Village Hall, Chertsey Hall, and the Hythe Centre in Egham.

Volunteer development coordinator at South East Coast Ambulance Service, Daniel Holland, said early defibrillation and effective CPR could significantly increase a patient's survival rates during a cardiac arrest.

He said the ambulance service was still looking to further increase the number of defibrillators across the region. There are currently about 1,400 across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

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