For those new to the village, a few notes on the defibrillator which are worth copying to keep handy in the event of an emergency.
Our Village Defibrillator
1. This is for use by anyone in the village and is located in the church porch in a yellow heated cabinet.
2. If you have an emergency always call 999 first.
3. If the ambulance advisor believes it is an emergency which requires the defibrillator, you will be advised to commence chest compressions, and if there is someone there with you, send them to fetch the defibrillator. Do not leave the patient on their own! The ambulance service call handler will give you the access code to the cabinet.
4. If you need extra help, or if you are on your own with the patient, call the VETS number below after calling 999. This will connect you to one of our village helpers. (VETS = Village Emergency Telephone System)
5. This number is (01572) 842010
6. Please keep a note of this number for use only in an emergency situation such as that described above.
7. All phones belonging to the VETS volunteers will ring simultaneously, first their land lines, then their mobiles (please use the prefix 01572 if you are calling from a mobile)
8. When a VETS volunteer answers AND they accept the call by pressing the button (1), you will be talking directly with one of the volunteers (who could well be a neighbour) and is trained to help with chest compressions and also bring the defibrillator and assist you with your emergency UNTIL THE AMBULANCE arrives.
So this is the process we must all follow. The defibrillator and the generosity of the VETS volunteers in giving their time to offer us another chance at life. Commencing CPR is very important to keep the patient alive, but it is the use of the defibrillator quickly that saves the life. You may be asked to do chest compressions until the arrival of the defib as this is the best chance our loved ones have of making a full recovery. It is only a chance but we are very lucky to have it.
PLEASE do not call this number in any circumstances other than those outlined above. Always call 999 FIRST!