Installation of New Defibrillators in Kempsford Parish
Kempsford and Whelford based Members of the Fairford and Lechlade Community First Responder Group check out the new Defibrillators at Dunfield, Kempsford Village Hall, and Whelford Village Hall
As part of a Cotswold District programme being undertaken with the support of the South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (SWASFT) and with the generous support of the Gresham-Wells Trustees (The Parish Council), Kempsford Parish now has three new Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPAD) distributed across the Parish. This will significantly improve access to these important life-saving pieces of equipment across the Parish which until now had only one, located at The George in Kempsford.
What are they for?
When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, the heart stops and blood is no longer being pumped around the body. The longer they go without emergency life-support, the harder it is to restart their heart. Prompt action is required to deal with this.
A defibrillator is a machine used to give an electric shock to restart a patient’s heart. Access to a nearby defibrillator will allow more people to get the life-saving shock as quickly as possible, giving them the best chance of survival.
Want to know what is in the box and how to use it?
The first two PAD Awareness Sessions are:
26th October 19:30hrs Whelford Village Hall
28th October 11:00hrs Kempsford Village Hall
The sessions will aim to familiarise those attending with what is in the box and how to use it to provide basic life support to a patient.
The sessions are open to anyone locally who wants to attend, although it is hoped that local community groups will make every effort to ensure they are represented.
Where are they?
Want to do more?
Community First Responders (CFR) are volunteers who support their local community by attending emergency calls ahead of an Ambulance.
CFRs are trained to attend medical emergencies where it might be essential for the patient to receive immediate life-saving care. No previous medical training is needed to become a CFR.
CFRs are an integral part of the local Ambulance Service. Before appointment and issue of equipment, volunteers will be expected to have completed an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and will receive training, including a day “on-shift” with a crew.
The local group, which covers an area from Lechlade through Fairford to Kempsford and the surrounding areas, meets monthly. Local CFRs are encouraged to attend these as part of their continuation training.
Interested? Then find out more from:
Stephen Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 07795-915902
IN AN EMERGENCY Dial 999 or 112
If your call is deemed to be an appropriate emergency situation, you will be given the location of the nearest defibrillator and (if needed) the access code for the box. Ambulance call handling staff will also provide additional support and instructions as appropriate.