The Defib Committee:Every year we publish information about the Defibrillator we have here in Buckland Newton which is of particular benefit to those who have recently moved here.Where is it?The Defibrillator is housed in an unlocked cupboard on the outside wall of Buckland Newton Village Hall by the back door to the kitchen. It is available for use in an emergency on the instructions of the paramedics after a 999 call.Who can use it?Although anyone can use the Defib (it speaks instructions to you) there are people in the village who are trained in its use. The phone card (you could cut it out to keep by the phone) explains how the system works and who to contact. Many thanks to all the runners for their continued support. the list of runners is published in the LVN every month inside cover.Maintenance of DefibThe Defibrillator is checked almost every day by our unsung hero, Sandie Stout, to make sure it is in full working order. She is in contact with the South West Ambulance Service for any replacement supplies needed. Sandie is also a committee member and runner.Training in its useWe hold a Defib, and CPR Training morning held in the village hall every year taken by the South West Ambulance Service. Anyone can attend.Careline UsersIf you are a Careline User, please ensure your provider is aware of the existence of the defib in the village.
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 Runnersare 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, have been 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 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 original defib has been replaced by a new one in December 2020.The Defib CommitteeJan Burnett, Diana Wells, Sandie Stout, Jane Willis and Fizz LewisWe are very grateful to all our volunteer Defib Runners. We would like to know if there is anyone else, especially if they live near the village hall, who would like to volunteer to go on the list too. The Defibrillator is checked almost every day by our unsung hero, Sandie Stout, to make sure it is in full working order. Some of the supplies with it are replaced annually by SWAST who are in contact with Sandie. Sandie is also a Committee member and Runner and we are very grateful to her for this work.