You will note on the earlier “Defibrillator at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall” item posted on       21 August 2015, that one comment has now been added which has been made by the Parish Councillor Nick de Spon who has been administering the placing and fund-raising for this defibrillator. To publicise its full commissioning, his comment is also posted below:

“The defibrillator has been placed in the box at the Village Hall and has been registered with the East of England Ambulance Service. It is fully operational if needed.

Where a person has suffered a cardiac arrest the heart stops pumping blood around the body. This is often caused by a problem with the electrical system of the heart. Death can follow in minutes. Anyone faced with this situation should immediately call 999 for the ambulance service but at the same time they should start CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation which is fast compression of the chest and occasional rescue breaths to keep the blood circulating and a supply of oxygen to the brain.

The ambulance service will know the location of the defibrillator and the code needed to open the secure box. If other help is available, get the defibrillator as fast as possible, switch it on and follow the instructions it will give you”.

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