Saturday, 21 October 2017

Community defibrillator installed at pub

A DEFIBRILLATOR has been installed at the Maltsters Arms pub in Rotherfield Greys.

A DEFIBRILLATOR has been installed at the Maltsters Arms pub in Rotherfield Greys.

The lifesaving device was bought by Rotherfield Greys Parish Council for £1,500 and installed on the wall of the Brakspear pub.

It is kept inside a locked yellow box, which is connected to the pub’s power supply to keep it heated to the right temperature. If the defibrillator needs to be used, a code is available from the emergency services. Parish clerk Jane Pryce said: “Every second counts with cardiac arrest and it’s more common than you think.

“The council decided to buy a defibrillator and the Maltsters Arms very kindly allowed us to install it on their wall.

“The pub gets a good amount of people coming in and the church is next door so it’s a focal point for the village and a good location for a defibrillator.

“We would like to thank Brakspear for installing it and connecting it to the power.”

Landlord George Thomas, pub manager Ciaran Evans and their staff were trained to use the device by Ian Jones, of South Central Ambulance Service.

Mr Jones said: “You don’t necessarily need formal training to use a defibrillator but it helps take away the fear and anxiety. It’s a stressful situation when someone collapses so any prior knowledge really helps.”



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