‘This equipment and training could really be a life saver:’ Village benefits from new defibrillator
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A new defibrillator has been installed in a rural village, thanks to help from a Lowestoft-based social enterprise.
And the residents of Somerleyton will now be better equipped to cope if someone in the village suffers a heart attack, following support from East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH).
Claire Diggins, a member of ECCH's Out of Hospital team in Lowestoft, felt a defibrillator would help in the rural community and spoke to Somerleyton Parish Council about its potential benefits in the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest.
As a result, the Somerleyton Award charity bought a defibrillator, which has been installed outside the village hall.
And after speaking to ECCH's training team, they agreed to provide some training for villagers free of charge.
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The villagers were taught how to operate the defibrillator and also to give CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) should someone stop breathing.
Ms Diggins has since set up a telephone support group of 19 volunteers who attended the training and who are willing to be contacted by anyone requiring help using the defibrillator in the future.
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She said: 'Every minute without CPR or defibrillation reduces a person's chance of surviving a cardiac arrest by around 10 per cent so, in a rural location like Somerleyton, this equipment and training could really be a life saver.
'It's very reassuring for people to know that they have this life-saving piece of equipment close by should they ever need it – and it also means the people who attended our training now have the confidence to respond to a cardiac arrest elsewhere.'