Church de­fib­ril­la­tor to be avail­able for com­mu­nity

New heart-start ma­chine can be used on any­one in need

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

A CHURCH has in­stalled a de­fib­ril­la­tor to help treat peo­ple who may be suf­fer­ing from a heart attack.

St James Church in Ox­ford Road, Ger­rards Cross, has put in place an au­to­matic ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor and has teamed up with the parish coun­cil and the am­bu­lance ser­vice to make it avail­able as a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity.

The ma­chine can be used to ad­min­ster an elec­tric shock when some­one has suf­fered a heart attack.

The ma­chines are in­creas­ingly be­ing in­stal-led in public places like shop­ping cen­tres, train sta­tions, gyms and cine­mas.

The unit gives in­struc­tions to the user, and will not give an elec­tric shock to the pa­tient if there is no need to do so.

St James Church can have more than 1,000 peo­ple through its doors on a Sun­day and is also busy dur­ing the week.

Rec­tor Martin Wil­liams said: “With so many peo­ple vis­it­ing St James Church, it is be­holden on us to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble health and safety for our­selves and, at the same time, help our com­mu­nity.

“We in­tend to in­stall a sim­i­lar unit at our sis­ter church in Ful­mer, also called St James, in the com­ing weeks.”

Parish coun­cil chair­man Chris Brown said: “We are so pleased to be able to help St James Church pro­vide a com­mu­nity AED unit. The church has been very gen­er­ous, fund­ing the de­fib­ril­la­tor. We hope other or­gan­i­sa­tions in Ger­rards Cross will take the lead of St James Church so we see other com­mu­nity AEDS avail-able to save lives.”

IF some­one has suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest, call 999, and an op­er­a­tor will help iden­tify if a de­fib­ril­la­tor is needed.

If it is, they will en­able the caller to gain ac­cess to the clos­est AED com­mu­nity unit.

HEART OF THE COM­MU­NITY: Chris Brown, chair­man of Ger­rards Cross Parish Coun­cil, with Martin Wil­liams, rec­tor of St James' Church, and the de­fib­ril­la­tor

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