A new app for your mobile phone which shows you your nearest defibrillator, has been launched by South Central Ambulance. It includes the location of more than 600 of the machines in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire
Statistics show that in cases of sudden cardiac arrest outside hospital, only 1 in 10 people survive. However, when bystanders provide CPR and use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) before emergency medical services personnel arrive, as many as 4 in 10 victims survive.
This innovative new app is a real lifesaver. Modern AEDs are incredibly simple to use - even a child could do it, and the ability of people to be more confident in giving CPR and to quickly locate their nearest AED and use it on a person suffering a suspected cardiac arrest could save thousands of lives each year."
– Professor Charles Deakin, SCAS Divisional Medical Director
They've become part of every day life - we use them for work, as cameras and video recorders - to go on the internet and for the reason they were invented.... to make phone calls. The humble mobile was invented 40 years ago. Fred and Amanda have been trying them out.
Drivers in Hampshire are being reminded using a mobile phone whilst driving is unacceptable. Between January and December 2011, more than five thousand and eight hundred people people were caught using a handheld device at the wheel in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The Newbury-based telecoms giant Vodafone is set to become the UK's second biggest telecoms operator after it agreed to buy Cable & Wireless Worldwide for £1.04 billion.
The firm will be second largest in the industry in the UK once the deal is completed. The largest being BT.
The company offered 38p a share for Cable & Wireless Worldwide, a 92% premium to the closing price on the day before the talks were unveiled.
"The acquisition of Cable & Wireless Worldwide creates a leading integrated player in the enterprise segment of the UK communications market and brings attractive cost savings to our UK and international operations."