Update on the defibrillator
Over the next few weeks the Beaulieu Parish Council will be installing a heart defibrillator into the village which will be situated opposite the Village School in the covered area between the High Street and the Village Hall. The defibrillator has been partly funded by the British Heart Foundation with the balance very generously provided by Mr Ted Fort’s Beaulieu Beaufort Foundation. The Parish Council are delighted to have been able to secure this vital piece of life saving equipment for the village and are enormously grateful to the British Heart Foundation and Mr Fort for making this possible. The cabinet to house the machine, and its wiring, are being funded by the Parish Council itself. Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading course of premature death in this country but with immediate treatment many lives can be saved.
The defibrillator [or Automatic External Defibrillator for the technically minded] is the type used by the Ambulance Service who have advised the Parish Council on the most suitable machine for us and its position in the village. The machine is designed to be used by untrained persons using its verbal instructions and visual prompts. They are safe to use and will not allow a shock to be given unless the heart’s rhythm requires it. They are designed to be stored for long periods of time without use and require very little routine maintenance. When a 999 call is made from the village the caller will be directed to the machine’s location if it is suspected that the patient has suffered a cardiac arrest.
The Parish Council are currently organising for South Central Ambulance Service to run a training course on the use of the defibrillator with the Village School, the Montagu Arms, the Estate and Fairweather’s Garden Centre already signed up. However, if there is anyone else who would like to attend a training session on the defibrillator, please contact Sara Steele on 01590 612 216 or email shsteele@btinternet .com as soon as possible. The Parish Council feels that this will be an important amenity for the village and are keen that as many people as possible who are located in the village are familiar with operating it. Of course, in an ideal world we hope that it never has to used but if it just saves one life it will have been well worthwhile installing it.