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 is in cardiac arrest.
A recent incident in the village highlighted the importance of a defibrillator. We are so pleased that the person concerned is recovering well, but the family has asked us to highlight the importance of knowing where defibs are located in the village. Please do take the time to familiarise yourself with these locations.
Located in cabinets and available 24/7 at:
- The Village Hall (not at the main entrance but by the second entrance in the car park)
- The Pavilion (by the kitchen entrance in the car park)
- WG Primary School (by the front entrance)
- The Bat & Ball, Newpound (in the red telephone box)
- Bellmans, Newpound (outside the main door)
If you see someone who appears to be unconscious, call 999. The ambulance call taker will tell you what to do and advise you if a defibrillator is nearby, they will give you an access code if required. They will also talk you through CPR if needed. Never leave an unconscious patient, ask someone else to retrieve the defibrillator and continue CPR. Once you get the defibrillator, turn it on and it will tell you what to do, they are very safe and easy to use. Continue CPR until the device tells you to stop, the patient recovers, or a clinician tells you to stop.
Learn the steps of CPR and how to use a defibrillator online through the British Heart Foundation website or alternatively, the local Community First Responder team, BEAT, runs public CPR and defibrillator awareness sessions. For more information visit https://beatresponders.org.uk/
Defib locations are also listed on this website www.defibfinder.uk
Village Hall Pavilion School Bat & Ball