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Al Hikman Centre Equiped to Provide Life-Saving Service

16 July 2009

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust and the Indian Muslim Welfare Society have joined forces in a bid to provide rapid life-saving treatment to visitors of the Al-Hikmah Centre in Batley.

The community centre offers a wide range of facilities and activities for the local community such as sports and recreation, conference and wedding facilities and attracts around 250,000 people each year making it a prime location to have life-saving intervention readily available should anyone need it.

YAS presents the life-saving automatic external defibrillator (AED) to members of the Al-Hikman Centre

YAS presents the life-saving Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to members of the Al-Hikmah Centre - from left to right (back row) Afzal Siddique, Abdul Hak Chothia, (front row) Zahid Mehmood and Musa Kazi from the centre, Neil Kirk YAS Community Defibrillation Officer and David Smith YAS Network Response Manager.

Neil Kirk, YAS Community Defibrillation Officer, is one of the people responsible for placing defibrillators in the West Yorkshire area. He said: “We are delighted to have established a partnership with the Muslim community and will continue to work with the Society to develop this relationship in the future.

“It is important to have trained members of the public and life-saving equipment available in the community as we know that in the event of a medical emergency, such as a cardiac arrest, the first few minutes are critical. If effective treatment can be performed within those first minutes before an ambulance arrives, lives can be saved.”

Musa Kazi, Centre Manager at the Indian Welfare Society, said: “This is a great initiative and one that we are more than happy to be part of.

“We participate in the training on a voluntary basis and thankfully, so far, we haven’t had to use our skills.  But with hundreds of people passing through the doors of the centre each day I’m sure centre-users will appreciate that help is never too far away in an emergency.”

YAS also has defibrillators and trained members of staff at the White Rose Shopping Centre, Leeds Bradford International Airport and Wakefield Westgate and Leeds City Railway Stations.


1. More than 260,000 people suffer a heart attack in the UK each year, about a third of whom die before reaching hospital due to cardiac arrest. A cardiac arrest most often occurs as a result of a heart attack, when the heart is starved of oxygen. Cardiac arrests cause the heart either to quiver, known as fibrillation, or stop beating altogether. The defibrillators carried by community first responders work by delivering a controlled electric shock through the chest wall to the heart to restore a normal heartbeat after a cardiac arrest. The faster this treatment is delivered, the better the outcome for the patient.

2. YAS supports and trains staff at over 95 static sites with an AED in the county which include most transport interchanges, major shopping centres, leisure centres and shopping centres.

3. The Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) has been in operation for four years. It was formed on 1 July 2006 when the three Yorkshire-based services merged. It operates from 61 ambulance stations throughout the county, with the main headquarters in Wakefield. YAS serves a population of over 5 million people and covers an area of 6,000 square miles with varying terrain from coastal, large urban areas and inner cities to dales and rural expanses.  

4. The Indian Muslim Welfare Society (IMWS) was established in 1957 to cater for the religious, social and welfare needs of the Muslim community in Batley and Dewsbury.                   

5. The Society is an umbrella organisation for seven affiliated mosques with a membership of 19,000 people.

6. The Al-Hikmah Centre is located at 28 Track Road, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 7AA Tel: 01924 500 555 Fax: 01924 500 556.

7. For details about IMWS activities please visit: www.imws.org.uk or email: info@imws.org.uk

Issued by - YAS Press Office, 16 July 2009
For further information please contact YAS’s press office on 0845 120 0048 or email pressoffice@yas.nhs.uk

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department