A new defibrillator has been installed outside Thorpe Marriott Village Hall and community chiefs want to make sure residents know it’s there.
The life-saving device was bought by Drayton Parish Council and will be available 24/7 in case of emergency.
Mandy Marshall, chairman of the village hall, thanked the parish council for the donation. She added. “The defibrillator is located outside, on the right-hand side of the front entrance to the hall, which is located by the shops and pub in Acres Way.”
A number of people underwent training to use the machine under the expert guidance of a representative from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust. As well as learning how to use the defibrillator they were taught basic CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation).
Mandy added: “When someone has an emergency situation where a patient has stopped breathing, by dialling 999 the ambulance service can direct someone to the nearest defibrillator, provide them with a code to open the protective cabinet, and the defibrillator device will ‘talk’ them through exactly what to do, potentially saving lives. Having fully-functioning units available locally really will help to ensure the safety of everyone.”
Graham Everett, chairman of Drayton Parish Council, and fellow councillor Carl Brown also attended the training session.
Graham said “I found the training very informative and it included the opportunity to practise CPR and how to put a unconscious but breathing casualty in the recovery position”.
- There are also Drayton defibrillators in the pavilions at the King George V Playing Field and Longdale, inside the Bob Carter Centre, and at the junior and infant schools.
- PICTURED: from left: Sylvia Turner, chairman of Thorpe Marriott Village Hall fundraising committee, Mandy Marshall, chairman of Thorpe Marriott Village Hall, Graham Everett, chairman of Drayton Parish Council, and parish councillor Carl Brown.