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Defibrillator

The village now has its own defibrillator,

housed in an unlocked cupboard on an

outside wall of the Village Hall by the

kitchen door, under the veranda

Buckland Newton Community Website
in the heart of rural Dorset
Thank you very much to everybody who has contributed to the Buckland Newton Defibrillator Fund.  We are proud to announce that our very own village Defibrillator arrived at the end of October 2013.  The defib is housed in an UNLOCKED cupboard on an outside wall of the Village Hall, by the kitchen door under the veranda.

Defib Notes

In an emergency always ring 999 - ambulance - straight away; they will advise you. How you get the defibrillator in an emergency is worth a bit of prior thought.  Maybe you have a friend or neighbour who is willing to help, either to fetch the defib or to contact a Defib Runner for you. The Defib Runners are not to be called out at any other time except when the ambulance service has asked for the defibrillator to be brought - for all other medical problems please ring 999 or see your GP. The defib cupboard with the defib inside is located at the Village Hall and is well signposted but it may be a good idea to check out for yourself exactly where it is next time you pass the Village Hall. Information cards, to be kept by the phone, are being delivered to every house - if you have not received yours, please contact Fizz Lewis on 345521.  They show the list of Defib Runners who have agreed to be telephoned at any time to fetch the defibrillator.  It is of course up to you whether you want to use them or a neighbour or friend.  NB:  for anyone who hasn’t been to an awareness session on the defib - this apparatus will not work on anyone whose heart is still beating.  Use of CPR and the defib, under Ambulance Service instruction, gives a person the best possible outcome after an arrest.  The annual Defib Training Day in January was very good and enjoyable; there will be another one next January 2018. The machine is being checked once a week by two Committee members, to ensure it is perfect working order.  South West Ambulance Service Trust are responsible for the maintenance and sorting any problems.  The defib will have to be replaced in seven years’ time, so we have an ongoing commitment to fund this. The Defib Committee Are looking for more volunteers to go on the ‘Runner’ list on the Information Card and also more people to become Committee members.  Jan Burnett, Diana Wells, Fizz Lewis, Sandie Stout and Jane Willis currently comprise the Committee.  At the moment there is little to do for Committee members apart from helping with the annual training meeting which we hold in January.  We meet only once a year to discuss this, defibrillator maintenance and fund raising ideas etc.  Not onerous.  Nearer 2020 we will have to make sure we have sufficient funds to finance the Defibrillator replacement of course so we may be more active then. If you are interested in either of these please contact Fizz Lewis 345521/Jan Burnett 345356 or any other committee member.