A CHINEHAM nursery has installed a life-saving piece of kit.

Busy Bees Basingstoke Chineham has installed an automated external defibrillator (AED) to safeguard pupils, staff and visitors.

The unit was installed during Family Safety Week, which ran last week, with more than 350 AEDs installed at Busy Bees nurseries throughout the UK.

The AED, supplied by Cardiac Science, can be used on both children and adults.

Melanie Jerome, nursery manager at the Hanmore Road facility, said: “Protecting and safeguarding the children in our care is our top priority and that’s why we’ve undertaken this potentially lifesaving initiative. We see it as part of our commitment to best practice and to deliver outstanding care to our children, as well as to protect staff, parents and visitors.

“Although we hope that our defibrillator never has to be used, it means that if the worst-case scenario happens, we are able to increase the survival chance of anyone who has a cardiac arrest inside or within minutes of our nursery.”