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GP wins award for defibrillator campaign

Dr Peter Randall's determination to get defibrillators installed in all GP surgeries has won his PCT a Government award.

Dr Randall led an initiative to improve coronary heart disease services after an audit of resuscitation facilities by Isle of Wight PCT revealed a dearth of oxygen and defibrillators.

The trust used a £51,000 National Lottery grant to kit out surgeries, cardiac rehabilitation services and prisons. All 21 of the island's practices now have a full set of equipment and receive dedicated training.

Dr Randall, PCT lead for CHD and a GP in Sandown, said the scheme had also seen the trust's statin prescribing rate soar from the lowest in England into the highest quartile.

The trust last week won the £15,000 NHS Modernisation Agency Heartbeat award for improved CHD services.

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