Henbury now has a defibrillator for use in an emergency should the situation arise. The defibrillator is located in the Church Hall porch in an easily accessible heated cabinet.
The Parish Council put in a bid for a British Heart Foundation grant to help with the cost of obtaining a public defibrillator, and were successful. Generous donations from the Henbury Society and the Henbury Events Committee assisted with the installation, which was overseen by David Plews and John Russell.
As part of the scheme, Cheshire East NHS are adding the defibrillator to their list of registered devices, so that in the event of it being required Community Paramedics know where to access it. Members of the public calling the emergency services would also be directed to its location.
The Parish Council have assisted North West Ambulance by providing them with a training pack. When the defibrillator is fully online with them they will arrange for some training for a number of interested parties, though they do state that this isn't strictly necessary, as the device has "talk-through" instructions and that also anyone calling the emergency services would be assisted in its use.
The cabinet is an unlocked model as this was a requirement of the scheme, however it is alarmed and the defibrillator is registered.
British Heart Foundation Advice
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it's an essential part in trying to save the life of someone who's in cardiac arrest.
You don't need to be trained to use a defibrillator — anyone can use it. There are clear instructions on how to attach the defibrillator pads. It then assesses the heart rhythm and will only instruct you to deliver a shock if it's needed.
Cardiac arrests can happen to anyone, at any time. The following steps give someone the best chance of survival. If you come across someone in cardiac arrest:
- Call 999
- Start CPR
- Ask someone to bring a defibrillator if there's one nearby
- Turn on the defibrillator and follow its instructions.
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