Sticklepath now has its very own defibrillator! To raise awareness of this, there will be an opening ceremony on Friday 10th March at 4pm at the old telephone kiosk opposite the Devonshire Inn, and all are welcome.
Additionally, a training session in the use of the defibrillator will take place in the village hall on Saturday 3rd June 10am – 12am. There is no need to book – please just turn up. The more people who know about our defibrillator, the greater the chances of being able to help our loved ones, friends and neighbours should the need ever arise.
The kiosk has been painted to a high specification by Norman Heslop, and installed by David Stallion. Both men freely gave their time to this project.
Following sudden cardiac arrest, early defibrillation can increase the survival chances by as much as 50%. In remote areas of small communities located more than 10 miles from their nearest hospital, such as a rural location, ambulances may be unable to reach a victim early enough and access to emergency defibrillation equipment for use by the public can make the difference between life and death, increasing survival post Cardiac Arrest towards 50%.
In the UK approximately 200 people per day suffer sudden cardiac arrest. Statistics show that for every minute that passes, the chances of survival decrease by 23%. Clinical evidence suggests that this figure is actually higher in practice in rural locations.
The kiosk also house an emergency 999 satellite phone, which overcomes the problems caused by low signal strengths on mobile phones. This push button facility will connect the caller direct to emergency services and can be used for all types of emergency requiring a 999 call.
For any further information on the defibrillator please contact Ali Cruse, Parish Councillor on 840070 or firstname.lastname@example.org