Public Access Defibrillators up and running in Eccleshall

The launch of Eccleshall Public Access Defibrillator
The launch of Eccleshall Public Access Defibrillator with (fromleft to right) Simon O’Brien (First Responder), Kevin Perry (George Inn Licensee), Martin Watson (First Response Group Coordinator) and Rachel Graffy (WMAS Paramedic)

In a joint project between West Midlands Ambulance Service, Eccleshall Community First Response and the George Inn, the first of two life saving Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) for the town was launched recently.

The first PAD for the town is located at the rear of the George Inn, Castle Street and is available for public use 24 hours a day in the event that somebody suffers a cardiac arrest. On dialling 999 for an ambulance the caller will be directed to the location of the PAD and given the code to open the secure cabinet. The Ambulance Call Taker will then talk the caller through how to use the device if needed. The PAD provides voice guidance so that any untrained person should have no difficulty in using it. However it is preferable that people do receive some training as this will make them more confident and efficient in its use. So far 27 volunteers in Eccleshall have received training from the Ambulance Service and it is hoped to run another course in the next few weeks.

A second PAD will be launched in the next two weeks and will be located outside The Star Inn at Copmere which is a hotspot for walkers and cyclist in the summer as well as the local residents. Anyone interested in finding out more about PADs for your community should contact: Vicky Tufail, Paramedic, West Midlands Ambulance Service on 01785 237341.