Lives are likely to be saved following the installation of a new defibrillator in Waterlooville.
It is located on the side of the St George’s Church Hall in St George’s Walk.
Defibrillators can be used by anyone in the community to help treat a individual suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest. By dialling 999 in the usual way, the emergency services provide a code to access the equipment (as well as giving instructions on its use).
The project was only possible because of a grant provided by Hampshire County Council following a recommendation by Councillor Anne Briggs.
She explained;' I am always very careful how I spend this money as I am conscious that it is funded by the Waterlooville ratepayers. It is obvious that this defibrillator is a worthwhile project that will be of use to DONATE FOR MORE DEFIBRILLATORS IN OUR COMMUNITY the whole community.'
St George’s Church Hall Committee were delighted to agree to have the defibrillator on the outside of their premises. St George’s Church Head of Press, Chris Gadd, said “As a church we are of course delighted that we could help in any way that we can. This project has only happened because of the recommendation of Cllr Briggs and subsequent grant from the council, but also the hard work of two of our Parish Committee members (Jane Cook and Barbie Lloyd), and the kind offer from Jacksons Electrical to conduct all the electrical work free of charge.”
To help people find their nearest defibrillator in times of emergency, South Central Ambulance Charity (SCAS) has launched the Save a Life App. The app - which is free to download and is iOS and Android compatible, can tell users where their nearest automatic external defibrillator (AED) is anywhere in the South Central region should they come across someone in cardiac arrest. It also gives guidance on how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator. Find out more about the app and download it at www.scas.nhs.uk/savealife
If you’re able to make any donation, however large or small, or hold a fundraising event locally to enable us to raise more money so that we can install more urgently needed defibrillators, then please do get in touch with us at info@scacharity. org.uk or call us on 01869 365000.