New piece of life-saving equipment is unveiled in Diss

The Rotary Club of Diss and District with the latest defibrillator at Jewson Ltd in Victoria Road. P

The Rotary Club of Diss and District with the latest defibrillator at Jewson Ltd in Victoria Road. Picture: ANTHONY CARROLL - Credit: Archant

The installation of a life-saving piece of equipment by the Rotary Club of Diss and District has been praised.

The club has funded the installation of a defibrillator, the town's third, at Jewson Ltd on Victoria Road, to serve the public and business communities up to the A140.

Graham Minshull, town council leader and district councillor, said: 'I am so pleased to see community minded individuals and businesses coming together to deliver this initiative of the Rotary Club of Diss & District providing these much needed defibrillators in the town.'

The other defibrillators are located at the Methodist Church on Victoria Road and 2 Market Hill, the premises of Adkins Opticians.

Each defibrillator is housed in a yellow vandal-proof lockable cabinet.

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Upon receiving a 999 call, the ambulance service will direct the caller to the machine and will issue the access code.

Heather Babb, president of the Rotary Club of Diss & District, said: 'We identified the need for public access defibrillators in the town.

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'We worked with the Community Heartbeat Trust, the East of England Ambulance Service and First Responders Group in Diss to fulfil this need.

'This project is an example of one of the key objectives of our Rotary club and I am thrilled that all three of these defibrillator units are now in active service.'

The Rotary club and the Heartbeat trust are holding a community awareness seminar on January 24 at the town's Methodist church to give people a chance to learn more about the defibrillators. For more information email

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