A Swindon man was due to appear in court today after damaging a £10,000 defibrillator unit at the Great Western Hospital’s emergency department.
Jason Salt, 44, of Rosebery Street was charged with criminal damage to property and was remanded in custody.
A spokesperson for Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We would like to confirm that the defibrillator in question is currently with the Trust Equipment team being repaired. It will not need replacing, and will be back in full-working condition in the next two weeks. There are currently three other defibrillators in the Emergency Department and another which has been loaned temporarily. This means that ED continues to have four working defibrillators at all times.
“The Trust takes the safety of staff, patient, visitors and its equipment very seriously. The damage caused to one of our defibrillators is particularly concerning, as this is a life-saving, vital piece of equipment and we will continue to work in partnership with the police and our own security team.”