New life saving defibrillator for Kedington

Date: 16 June 2017

CFR group by the recent Haverhill cPAD install

Another lifesaving community Public Access Defibrillator (cPAD) has been installed by the Haverhill, Kedington and Hundon community first responder (CFR) group.

The defibrillator is housed in a locked cabinet on the outside of the doctor’s surgery in School Road, Kedington and can be accessed by anyone calling 999. In the event of a suspected cardiac arrest, the emergency call handler will immediately give the caller a code to give them access to the defibrillator inside the cabinet.

The Kedington installation takes the total number of cPADs installed by the CFR group to five; costing £2,500 each, the cPAD’s have been paid for largely by the group’s fundraising efforts as well as public support and generous donations from local councillors.

Asked about this latest installation, group coordinator Steve Bryant said:

“We would like to thank Kedington Butchers and their customers who were a major contributor to the purchase of the Kedington cPAD; their generosity has provided this superb life-saving asset to the community of Kedington.”

“It is our aim to install 10 cPADs in Haverhill, Kedington and the surrounding villages; so our fundraising continues”.

“We would like to thank all those who donated so generously and for believing in the work that CFRs do. We rely solely on public donations and without them we would not be able to continue in this life saving role

Steve also said: “Getting an automated defibrillator onto a person suspected of being in cardiac arrest as quickly as possible greatly improves their chance of survival; this is why these cPAD’s are so important, especially in outlying villages where help can be further away. However, our ultimate aim is getting trained personnel on scene as soon as possible which is why we are actively looking to recruit more volunteers from both Kedington and Hundon villages to become CFRs.”

CFRs are trained by us to respond to medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, allergic reactions, diabetes emergencies and patients with breathing difficulties and chest pain whilst the ambulance is on its way

If you’re interested in becoming a CFR or finding out more visit here for more information:

http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/join-the-team/community-first-responders

  • Summary:

    Another lifesaving community Public Access Defibrillator (cPAD) has been installed by the Haverhill, Kedington and Hundon community first responder (CFR) group.