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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

New Community Defibrillator Familiarisation Session

Mock Up of
Cabinet on Co-op Wall
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Milford on Sea is soon to get a Community Defibrillator for public emergency use, and a Familiarisation Session for all village residents is to be held on Saturday 25th April at 10.30am at the Village Community Centre. The session is expected to take about an hour. 

Everyone is welcome to come along, and the more people who are familiar with how the defibrillator works, the better for all.

The cabinet in which the defibrillator will sit has a code lock; details to unlock this device will be provided by South Central Ambulance Service upon receipt of a ‘999 call’ from any member of the public.

Modern defibrillators ‘talk users through’ the process step-by-step and monitors whether defibrillation is needed prior to any shock being applied.

The cabinet is due to be fitted on the side wall of the Co-op in Milford on Sea on 22nd April 2015.

This community project has been led by local resident Colin Holdsworth, who is also a member of the Milford on Sea Food Week organisation team. After some months of research, fundraising, negotiation and effort a fully publicly accessible external defibrillator is now to be installed in the village centre for public use.

Defibrillator Cabinet Plaque
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Milford on Sea Food Week has covered part of the costs involved, and generous funding support has also been received from our Parish Council, Hampshire County Council, The War Memorial Hospital League of Friends and the Womens’ Institute. 

In addition we are indebted to The Southern Co-operative for agreeing to host the cabinet – this was one of the more challenging features of the quest to obtain a machine and a site. 

To support the installation there will be a familiarisation session at the Village Community Centre on Saturday 25th April at 10.30am and is expected to take about an hour

The meeting will be addressed by Mike Jukes who heads Bransgore Community First Responders and has promoted the installation of several defibrillators in and around that village. Attendees will be shown a video made for British Heart Foundation, a demonstration of a defibrillator in action and of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (often known just as ‘CPR’). There will be manikins available on which CPR may be demonstrated and an opportunity given to practise the procedure.

Mike might need support from others of his Bransgore team so it is important to know how many are likely to attend. The Community Centre is allowing use of the facility without a fee and Milford on Sea Food Week will make a modest donation to Bransgore Community First Responders in recognition their assistance. 

The Defibrillator Familiarisation Session is free to attend, but those who wish to come need to register by Thursday 23rd April. 

Please let us know if you, or others you know, are coming by sending a brief email of the names to Colin at: mos.foodweek@yahoo.co.uk (Alternatively call 01590 644014) 

We look forward to seeing you there.

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