Lifesaving equipment installed in phone box
Date: 07 August 2017
A community Public Access Defibrillator (cPAD) has been installed in Ringsfield after being purchased by the Ringsfield and Weston Parish Council.
The defibrillator is housed in an old phone box on Redisham Road, near the Ringsfield crossroads, and can be accessed by anyone calling 999.
In the event of a suspected cardiac arrest, one of our emergency call handlers will immediately give the caller a code to give them access to the defibrillator, enabling them to begin performing life-saving techniques on a casualty.
Andy Mower, one of our Lowestoft Community First Responders (CFR) and Waveney Trainers, said: “Community Public Access Defibrillators in rural locations are vital, lifesaving pieces of equipment that are much needed. The increased number of defibrillators in these isolated locations is very much welcomed.”
Members of the local community were also given a two-hour cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training session by us, which included a trial of the new defibrillator. Held in the Ringsfield Village Hall the session was well attended, successfully training 10 members of the community with these lifesaving skills.
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 in finding out more, visit here: http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/join-the-team/community-first-responders
A Suffolk phone box is now home to a lifesaving device thanks to the generosity of a parish council.