Last month, while waiting for the bus, I noticed a bright yellow object on the outside wall of the Methodist Church.
It contains a piece of life-saving equipment, a defibrillator.
Nigel Moorse, the driving force behind making the defibrillator happen, explains to us in this article the origin of this defibrillator, and how you can benefit from it.
What is a defibrillator?
Nigel Moorse: A defibrillator is a safe and reliable computerised device that delivers electric shocks to a casualty in cardiac arrest.
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can be used by the general public in an emergency where a child or adult casualty is in cardiac arrest and not breathing.
How useful is a defibrillator to the general public?
Nigel Moorse: Anyone can use a defibrillator. Once turned ON, there are clear and concise voice prompts advising you exactly what to do every step of the way, both CPR (kiss of life) and defibrillation. The computer within will judge if a shock is required or not.
Where is the defibrillator at the centre of Chandler’s Ford?
Nigel Moorse: The defibrillator is housed inside a special yellow cabinet on the exterior wall of the Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church facing Winchester Road.
It is available 24/7/365 for any person living within approximately 2 minutes’ drive, although those living further away are still recommended to use the facility in a life threatening situation.
The Church entrance is easily accessed in order to collect the defibrillator.
Who might benefit from this defibrillator?
Nigel Moorse: This defibrillator is available to hundreds of households e.g. in Oakmount, Fryern, Peverells Road, Scantabout, Thornden, Merdon, Kingsway, Brownhill Road, Valley Road, Park Road, Hut Farm Place etc.
It also includes all those who work or shop within approximately 2 minutes’ walk of the Church, pedestrians, motorists / accidents and bus stop users along Winchester Road.
It also benefits all who visit the Methodist Church premises for whatever reason from morning to night, throughout the week, from children to adults.
How to use a defibrillator?
Nigel Moorse: Dial 999.
After you’ve dialled 999 first, the Ambulance Service will tell you where the nearest Public Defibrillator is situated and will also give you the combination PIN code to unlock the cabinet.
Take out the Orange carrying case containing the defibrillator to your casualty.
At the casualty, turn it ON. There are clear and concise voice prompts advising you exactly what to do every step of the way, both CPR (kiss of life) and defibrillation.
The computer within the defibrillator will judge if a shock is required to restart the heart or not. It is fully automatic.
Where are the defibrillators in the Chandler’s Ford area?
Nigel Moorse: For Public use:
- Outside The Hilt (Hiltingbury Recreational Field)
- Outside Velmore Church
- Outside the Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church on Winchester Road
Other defibs are located within doctors’ surgeries and residential homes etc., but these seem to be used only by qualified Medical staff.
There is an ‘App’ for your android mobile called AED Locator. It is available on the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust website. It also says that the iPhone app is being redeveloped.
(The defibrillators at the Methodist Church is not on the app yet!)
However, you must dial 999 Emergency Services FIRST. You will then be told where the nearest defibrillator is situated and be given the Combination PIN Code to unlock the cabinet.
A meeting: Getting familiar with a defibrillator: 7.30 p.m. Thursday 26th November 2015
There will be a meeting to inform you how to use a defibrillator.
A member of the NHS Ambulance Service will demonstrate and allow hands-on experience of a defibrillator on Thursday November 26th at 7.30 p.m. in Room 1 of the Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church (Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford SO53 2GJ).
Representatives of Groups using The Methodist Church and The Age Concern Hall in Brownhill Road are invited to attend, and anyone else who is interested.
This will be a short meeting but please park nearby because there will be a play performance in the main hallon that day.
What inspired you to get involved with the defibrillator project?
Nigel Moorse: I am retired and attend the weekly Men’s Keep Fit Group (known as SHARG – Senior Health and Recreation Group) held at The Age Concern Hall, Brownhill Road. Our Instructor Ms Natalie Shaw told us about the benefits of a Defibrillator in cases of emergency where time and the availability of Ambulances was important.
I woke up one day with the idea of placing a defibrillator on the outside wall of the Methodist Church as it is quite easily accessed by car and in a good central location. The first thing was to get permission from The Methodist Church, which was graciously given. After that, it was a matter of raising the funds so that the cabinet and defibrillator could run for 10 years with no further funding required.
Where’s the funding from?
Nigel Moorse: I approached the Chandler’s Ford Parish Council under their “Granted To You” scheme which donates to useful voluntary developments in the Parish by means of public votes at a special meeting.
This secured £1659.60 to pay for the defibrillator and cabinet. My appeal for funding for the 10 Year Guarantee, electricity and “The Get Familiar” meeting, went by word of mouth and was answered by The Masons at Kings Court Masonic Centre and a Cycling Charity, Stelvio Challenge. I am most grateful to all three benefactors.
I could not have completed this project without the considerable help and support from John Bronsdon and Shaun Fletcher from the Methodist Church.
Resources: Here is a film (4 minutes) about using a defibrillator: FA with British Heart Foundation.
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