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Life-saving equipment for cardiac arrest sufferers installed

PUBLISHED: 12:07 11 January 2019 | UPDATED: 12:07 11 January 2019

Steven Catley, lead community response manager for East of England Ambulance Service, Darren
Wash, manager of the East of England Co-op, Hamilton Road, Felixstowe. Jan Garfield, chairman of The Felixstowe Society, Richard Holland, of Felixstowe Old People's Welfare Association, and Mayor of Felixstowe Graham Newman with one of the new defibrillators Picture: FELIXSTOWE TOWN COUNCIL

Steven Catley, lead community response manager for East of England Ambulance Service, Darren Wash, manager of the East of England Co-op, Hamilton Road, Felixstowe. Jan Garfield, chairman of The Felixstowe Society, Richard Holland, of Felixstowe Old People's Welfare Association, and Mayor of Felixstowe Graham Newman with one of the new defibrillators Picture: FELIXSTOWE TOWN COUNCIL

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Two new public access defibrillators have been installed at key locations in Felixstowe after generous donations.

Two new public access defibrillators have been installed at key locations in Felixstowe after generous donations.

Thanks to the Felixstowe Society, Felixstowe Town Council and the East of England Co-op the life-saving pieces of kit to help people suffering cardiac arrest have been installed outside the East of England Co-operative store, Hamilton Road, and the Senior Citizens’ Centre, Broadway House, Orwell Road.

The devices, which can deliver a brief electric jolt to establish a normal heart rhythm, are kept within secure high-visibility cabinets and are on the outside of the buildings so they can be accessed at all times in case of an emergency.

Felixstowe now has 10 registered public access defibrillators across the town:

● Felixstowe Leisure Centre, Sea Road;

● Sea Road-Beach Road toilet block;

● View Point Café, Landguard;

● The Library, Crescent Road;

● Felixstowe & Walton Utd Football Club, Dellwood Ave;

● Old Felixstowe Community Centre, Ferry Road;

● Felixstowe Ferry Harbour Master’s Office, Felixstowe Ferry;

● East of England Co-op, High Street, Walton;

● Senior Citizens’ Centre, Broadway House, Orwell Road;

● and East of England Co-op Foodstore, Hamilton Rd;

Mayor of Felixstowe Graham Newman said: “As Town Mayor, I am delighted to be declaring these defibrillators available for use. I’d like to thank the Felixstowe Society for funding these units and the East of England Co-op for agreeing to host one at their premises.

“The ongoing maintenance of both units will be undertaken by Felixstowe Town Council going forward. I am proud to say that the town council takes the provision of this sort of equipment very seriously, for both its own residents and the thousands of visitors the town receives each year.

“We have a very generous provision of defibrillators, and wherever you are in the town or on the seafront, you are never far away from one. Whilst we hope you never need to use them, your life might just depend on a defibrillator one day.”

The kit is fully automatic and registered with the ambulance service, so emergency callers can be told the code to unlock the cabinet and directed to the nearest one if required.

This Fully Automatic version of the defibrillator is considered most suitable for lay users. Operation involves just two steps : 1) Turn ON. 2) Stick the Pads on patient’s chest as per diagram. It then does the rest – automatically.

It decides IF to shock, WHEN to shock and at WHAT POWER to shock at for best results. It also ‘talks’ the user through the whole process.

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