Community Defibrillator

Information & Guidance can be found HERE.

Defibrillators (also known as AEDs) are medical devices that help and support a rescue for a patient in Cardiac Arrest. Death from Cardiac Arrest if untreated is about 97% of cases. With the correct and rapid treatment, survival to hospital can, in theory, be raised to around the 70% mark, but this assumes rapid action, good CPR (Chest compressions) and also the timely use of a defibrillator.

Our project has been taken forward in conjunction with the Community Heartbeat Trust, a charity whose aims are to help and support communities in the correct provision of defibrillators.

A detailed grant application was submitted to Little Waltham Parish Council in August which made the case for funding to cover the capital cost of equipment, installation, set up and the first 2.5 years of a 5-year Annual Support Agreement. The application was discussed at the Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 7th September 2021 and it was supported by councillors. Residents have also contributed a significant amount towards the project, accounting for circa 20% of the overall sum required.

We would like to thank Little Waltham Parish Council for the generous grant, and all residents that have contributed, because without such funding the project could not have progressed.

The Defibrillator will be located at the entrance to Channels Park and will be visible from the street, the parking area and of course the skate park & play area. The location was discussed with the Community Heartbeat Trust who felt that Channels Park was ideal due to its ease of access and for being no more than a quarter of a mile away from an resident.

The UK Resuscitation Council guidelines indicate that community defibrillators (AEDs) should be able to be used by members of the public with or without any formal training nevertheless it is good practice for as many members of the community as possible to receive some form of training. As such, virtual awareness training sessions (via Zoom) will be made available to the wider Channels resident population.

The project has been led by Andrew Wright & Melanie Williamson (two of the original Channels Community Group founders) which has included scoping, fund-raising and implementation. The ‘go live’ date is scheduled for around the end of October although this is dependent on delivery of all the equipment and availability of Olly’s team who will be installing it.

Andrew Wright & Melanie Williamson

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