Our villages are fortunate to have 3 defibrillators in Hintlesham and Chattisham at the following locations and are all registered with the East Anglian Ambulance Service:
- red telephone box, Duke Street Hintlesham
- outside entrance to Community Hall, HIntlesham
- red telephone box, The Street, Chattisham
Defibrillators are easy to use - the machine gives clear spoken instructions on how to proceed so you don't need training to use one.
Should you come across someone who has stopped breathing or is breathing erratically, the most important thing to do is call 999 and start CPR - every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the chances of survival by 10%. If you're on your own, don't interrupt the CPR to to and get a defibrillator. If possible, send someone else.
Once the defibrillator is open and in position, just follow the instructions. The machine detects the heart's rhythm and won't deliver a shock unless one is needed. The 999 operator will also be able to advise you what to do until the ambulance arrives.
Please note that a light will be flashing at night, and a loud alarm will sound if the box is opened.
For further information regarding the use of these devices please contact Adrian Waller, email firstname.lastname@example.org