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First public access defibrillator installed

Monday 3rd February 2014

The first public access defibrillator has been installed in Lostwithiel, which can be used to by members of the public to treat people who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest.

The device is an automated external defibrillator (AED), a battery-operated portable device that checks the heart rhythm and if needed, can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm.

The Rotary Club of Lostwithiel responded to a request for assistance from PCSO Natalie Phillips last year to raise funds for a public access defibrillator.

She had become aware of a problem when she spotted a man who had collapsed, during a patrol. She worked alongside paramedics until the air ambulance arrived, and noticed the officer on the radio telling them to find the nearest defibrillator.

It turned out this equipment was not available in the Lostwithiel area.

Natalie contacted the Rotary Club of Lostwithiel to see if members would help to raise funds for a defibrillator. The club was keen to help and they managed to raise the £1500 required through a Clay Pigeon Shoot, a Horse Race evening, a grant from Rotary District 1290 and their own funds.

Working with the Ronnie Richards memorial Charity, the defibrillator has been installed in an all weather case on the outside wall of the Co-op (near the cash machine).

It's available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need to use it, call 999 and they will give you instructions and remain in contact until professional assistance arrives.

Read more on the Rotary website.

Lostwithiel's first public access defibrillator

Defibrillator instructions