21st December 2018
Clanfield Co-op Press Release - Clanfield gets a new life saving device
- Author: Southern Co-Op
- Published: 21st December 2018
Clanfield gets a new life saving device
A new defibrillator has been installed in a Hampshire village thanks to local councillors and the local retail store.
Colleagues at Southern Co-op's store in Clanfield were approached by Clanfield Parish Council earlier this year with the aim to get a new defibrillator installed in a central location.
With the help of donations from East Hampshire District Councillors Nigel Wren and Guy Shepherd, a total of £1,750 was raised to buy the device.
The life-saving device has now been installed on the wall of the retail store in White Dirt Lane.
Danny Stallard, Customer Service Assistant at the Southern Co-op store in Clanfield, said: "Helping our local community is important to us so when we were asked about the defibrillator, we were more than happy to make a donation to fund it.
"With our branch being in the heart of the community, we were also happy to agree to install it on the exterior of our shop and give the defibrillator a permanent home.
"Southern Co-op has supported the installation of a number of them on its buildings so it is special to know they are there when we need them. I am really proud that we have helped to ensure that a life-saving device is there for our residents should they need it."
Cabinets for this type of emergency medical equipment are ideally placed in a prominent position so it can be applied quickly when a heart attack happens.
In a medical emergency, the 999 call handler will advise the caller of the defibrillator and the machine will guide users through the process by voice command. It will not deliver a shock if it has detected that the heart is beating.
A spokesperson for Clanfield Parish Council said: "Clanfield Parish Council is pleased to announce that a new public access defibrillator has just entered service located at the Clanfield Co-operative store. Supported by the South Central Ambulance Service access to the defibrillator will be provided to anyone by calling 999 and providing the code that is displayed on the cabinet.
"These devices are completely safe and able to be used without prior training, though a free awareness session will be held soon for anyone who would like to attend; details will be displayed on the Parish and other public noticeboards.
"The Southern Co-op store significantly has provided a key location that will provide a life saving asset to neighbouring residents in both Clanfield and Horndean.
"When a patient is suffering a cardiac arrest fast access to a defibrillator can make significant differences to the patient's survival and recovery. Clanfield Parish Council is committed to making these devices available at locations across our Parish.
"Defibrillator cabinets are already installed at Peel Park and the Memorial Hall, and a fourth cabinet is being installed at the new Community building on Windmill View. This will help to minimise the distance and time needed to get a defibrillator to a patient in need, irrespective of post-code."
The defibrillator is located on the external wall of the store which has recently been rebuilt after it was damaged earlier this year by thieves stealing the cash machine. The investigation is ongoing.
Southern Co-op has made a planning application to relocate the cash machine outside the store near the post boxes. If approved, the cash machine will be standalone with added security features including bollards.
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