A thousand defibrillators have been delivered across the region by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) over the last three months. The trust launched the £800,000 pound scheme in January.
Since January the machines have been installed in village halls, shops, sports clubs, schools and libraries.
263 have been delivered in Norfolk, 195 in Essex, 180 in Suffolk, 175 in Cambridgeshire, 94 in Hertfordshire and 93 in Bedfordshire.
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The head of the East of England Ambulance Service is to step down in the coming months as the search for his sucessor begins less than a year after he started the job.
Anthony Marsh became interim Chief Executive of the Trust in January, tasked with improving ambulance response times. Also Chief Executive of the West Midlands Ambulance Service, he faced criticism over his quarter of a million pound salary.
His appointment was meant to last for up to two years, but the trust has already advertised for a replacement. Mr Marsh will stay until a successor is found.
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There's been a drop in the number of complaints to the East of England Ambulance Service.
There were just under 800 complaints in the last twelve months - nearly a third less than the previous year.
The Trust also received more compliments this time out - that figure was up by 16%.
“We have been working hard to improve our service to patients and this is another encouraging sign that things are getting better. As we recruit hundreds of new front-line staff, as well as up skill our existing staff, the service and response to patients will continue to improve.
We welcome comments, and it is pleasing that the number of people thanking us for the service we provided has risen whilst complaints have fallen. This is thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff, who work exceptionally hard often in the most difficult circumstances.”
The East of England Ambulance Trust, under fire recently for poor management and slow response times, has appointed its third chairperson in the past year.
Sarah Boulton replaces Dr Geoffrey Harris as interim chair of the NHS Trust which runs the emergency service in Cambs, Beds, Essex, Herts, Norfolk and Suffolk. Maria Ball resigned as trust chair in March 2013 following criticism from MPs and the Care Quality Commission.
Sarah Boulton has worked a NHS board level for a number of years.
She said: "This is a great opportunity to be part of the team to improve the service. This is going to take time but having met with new Chief Executive, I am pleased with the actions which have already been put in place and the progress being made."
The East of England Ambulance Service, criticised over poor response times, is to take delivery of 120 new vehicles.
The first will go into service in Norfolk, where cover has been described as poor by health watchdogs.
The aim is to have no ambulances over five years old.
A pilot had a heart attack as he flew a microlight plane over Suffolk at the weekend.
The man, who is thought to be in his 60s, started to get chest pains while in the air on Saturday but managed to land the aircraft safely at an airfield near Newmarket at about 1.45pm.
An ambulance was called and, although the pilot went into cardiac arrest while receiving treatment, paramedics were able to get his heart beating normal again.
Dale Boustead, a paramedic with the East of England Ambulance Service, said: "We took him to West Suffolk General for further treatment and I was able to visit him in hospital yesterday.
"He is doing incredibly well, already sitting up and talking to his family which is quite unusual for the day after a cardiac arrest."
The air ambulance also attended.