A Defibrillator for Lydiard Millicent?

Written 06/04/15


Lydiard Millicent Parish Council is investigating the possibility of providing a defibrillator in the village.  A defibrillator is a machine designed to deliver an electric shock to a person whose heart has stopped.  Termed a cardiac arrest, this is different from, but may be caused by, a heart attack, where blood flow to the heart is impaired. An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is designed to be used by a lay person (someone not medically trained). The UK’s National Defibrillator Programme has placed AEDs in airports, railway stations, and venues where large groups of people gather. Their use relies on someone witnessing a person having a cardiac arrest and being prepared to use an AED. Defibrillators cost from £1,400 to £2,200 but grants and sponsorship is available, potential funding sources are being identified.
The proposed public access community defibrillator in Lydiard Millicent would be maintained by the Parish Council. It will be a model that can be used by anyone and there may be some initial training available. Although the model has yet to be chosen it is likely that it will be stored in a locked cabinet. It will be accessible by a code which will be held by the ambulance service. When a 999 call is made, the service will advise on the location of the AED and provide the code. The Council is keen to consult local residents regarding the need for a defibrillator, and if one is procured, the best location to site it. Suggestions so far have included the Parish Hall and the Jubilee Club House but there may be other more suitable locations that have not been considered as yet.
If you would support the procurement of a defibrillator and suggest a location could you please contact the Parish Council Chairman, Cllr John Bennett and advise:
1.         Do you support the provision of a defibrillator at a suitable location in Lydiard Millicent? Yes/No
2.         Which location do you think would be most suitable for the defibrillator to be located?

Parish Hall                   m                 

Jubilee Club House    m     

The Sun Inn                  m       

The Primary School    m       

Other location. Please indicate site: ____________________________
3.         Would you be interested in receiving training in the use of the defibrillator?
Responses by email to:
  copy to:
or by post or note to:
Cllr. JB Bennett, 6 Forge Fields, Lydiard Millicent, Wiltshire SN53WS

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