Monks Eleigh is a lovely place to live but in the event of a medical emergency it can be quite remote. This can mean having to wait several minutes for an emergency ambulance to reach the village.
A former resident has kindly donated a public access defibrillator to the village and this has now been fitted to the outside of the village community store. This life-saving unit is available to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In order to get the best advantage from this unit it is desirable that as many people in the village are aware of how the system works and this leaflet outlines the process. On discovering a person who is experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency calling 999 is of the utmost importance. Your call will take you to the control centre of the East of England ambulance trust and as well as taking your location they will talk you through what to do with the patient. If the call handler, working on the information you provide, believes that the patient is suffering from or is likely to go into, cardiac arrest they will advise you to collect the defibrillator from the shop, giving directions if necessary and the code number to access the box.
Ideally another helper can go for the defibrillator leaving someone to continue giving life-saving treatment such as CPR to the patient under the direction of the East of England ambulance trust, until the defibrillator arrives. Once the defibrillator is with the patient the call handler will continue to assist and the unit itself will give verbal directions as to what to do. After the incident you need to contact John Naylor on 741447 or Di Reynolds on 740070 who will arrange for the consumables to be replaced and the defibrillator to be correctly reinstalled in the box.
If you would like to know more about how the system works and how to administer CPR then contact Bryan Panton (01787 247893, email@example.com) who will arrange for you to attend a training session.
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