Church defibrillator to be available for community
New heart-start machine can be used on anyone in need
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