STOP PRESS – DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING IN WYMONDHAM
Although the Parish Council is arranging suitable training at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall in the use of our new defibrillators later in March (full details to be announced), please note that there is a Defibrillator Training Session at Wymondham Baptist Church, Queen Street, Wymondham, between 2.00 and 4.00 p.m. this SATURDAY the 27 FEBRUARY. This session has been organised by the Community Heartbeat Trust, is open to anyone who is interested; it is free of charge, along with tea and biscuits, and a Certificate of Attendance will be given to attendees who leave an email address
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”.
Here is a picture of the new public access defibrillator (automated external defibrillator) which has been installed at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall. It is not yet fully commissioned but the above picture gives us advance information on how to use it when in full operation. Watch this space for further news.
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) unit has been purchased and will be fitted to an outside wall of Ashwellthorpe Village Hall with access to its use extended to all who live or work throughout the parish. The unit acquired is nominated by the British Heart Foundation and the Community Heartbeat Trust and, as the Editor of the latest edition of The Mardle tells us, “the purchase of this vital piece of equipment has been made possible by generous pledges from Ashwellthorpe Village Hall, a local business and the Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club following the recent successful Open Gardens Weekend”. It is also hoped that an additional defibrillator can be installed in Fundenhall in the near future.
There will be an updated report on AED fund-raising in the November edition of The Mardle, but updates will also appear on this Ashwellthorpe community website.