Another potentially life saving defibrillator is now in place in West Stockwith, located outside the front door of the Waterfront Inn on Canal Lane in the village.
The Public Access Defibrillator (PAD), which can be used to shock the heart of a cardiac arrest victim, was funded by donations and grants from North Notts Lions Club, West Stockwith Parish Council, Five Villages First Responders and Cllr Hazel Brand.
The local voluntary Five Villages First Responders (FVFR) team have been involved in installing seventeen such defibrillators within the local area over the three years, including one’s in Misterton, Beckingham, Walkeringham, Gringley on the Hill, Everton, Clayworth and other local villages.
All the defibrillators in the area are logged by East Midlands Ambulance Service on their Computer Dispatch system, and if a 999 call happens nearby and one of the defibrillators is required, the 999 ambulance operator will give instructions to the caller — telling them that there is a defib nearby and the code to open the cabinet.
Martyn Johnson, Coordinator of FVFR said: “If someone is then able to fetch it to the patients’ side, while another person performs CPR this will help improve the chance of survival. We’d like to pass on our thanks to all the organisations who have come together to fund this defibrillator and to Karen and Stewart from the Waterfront Inn for all their help and assistance and for agreeing to host this potentially life saving piece of equipment for the community outside of their venue.”
The unit at Waterfront Inn is the second one to be placed in West Stockwith, with the other being located outside on the wall of the Gertrude Morris Village Hall on Main Street.
Further free to attend awareness sessions which include how to perform CPR and how to use a defibrillator run by FVFR will be held in Misterton and West Stockwith in the coming months, and these will be publicised locally.
If you are interested in finding out more information about Community Defibrillators or about FVFR, please visit the website www.fvfr.co.uk, Facebook www.facebook.com/fivevillagesfirstresponders or email email@example.com.