L-R: Dan Poole, Ben South and Tom Dunnett

Gunville Methodist Church has become the latest guardians of a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD).

The PAD, which will provide the community of Gunville access to life-saving equipment 24/7, has been installed near the entrance to the church and is ready to be used in an emergency by any member of the public should someone have a cardiac arrest.

Louise Walker, Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Education, Training & Engagement Lead said:

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“To increase someone’s chance of survival a defibrillator needs to be available ideally within the first three minutes of the cardiac arrest so it is absolutely crucial that we have as many of these life saving devices available to our community as possible and we are delighted that we are able to install one in Gunville.”

3 of the IOW Ambulance Service Emergency Call Handlers, Tom Dunnett, Ben South and Dan Poole, set themselves the challenge of running the 2019 Great South Run to raise funds for the defibrillator.

Ben said:

“Working within the Emergency Operations Centre for the IOW Ambulance Service we see the difference that defibrillators in the community can make. The survival rate of an out of hospital cardiac arrest can increase to as much as 74% with CPR and defibrillation being delivered within the first three minutes.

“Gunville is an area with lots of residential and some commercial properties and will benefit from the availability of a PAD.”

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Earlier this year Christ the King College launched a campaign to raise enough funds to house their existing defibrillator in a wall box so it could be accessible to the public during the hours the site is open. Thanks to generous donations from the school community and a successful Valentines casual clothes day they raised enough money to also fund a box for Gunville Church.

Martin Cooper of Gunville Methodist Church, said:

“We are thrilled to become a public access defibrillator site on behalf of the IOW NHS Trust Ambulance service and we are very pleased to have this equipment for our community.

“We aim to get many volunteers involved in checking the defibrillator and box daily and our thanks go to Christ the King College and the Great South runners for kindly raising the funds for this life-saving equipment.”

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White sheep
White sheep
5 months ago

This is welcome equipment. Yet as our greedy council fills our Island with ever more houses, perhaps stab jackets, r ape crisis centres and making Police live, as they used to do, in the streets and areas where crime is likely to be rife, in these huge new estates with non Island, and likely non British residents filling a huge proportion of these homes.

This is because our council take payment for taking in such from inner city councils, so they then send the worst problem tenants.

Vote this council OUT, next time.

Reply to  White sheep
5 months ago

Ahhhh! I love this story.. The Island was once a utopian society where the butterflies kissed the lips of locals going on their merry way to the local village shop. Then the nasty overner came and pillaged everything good the Island had to offer. Sadly now the locals resent anyone or anything that isn’t Made on the Isle of Wight! They unreasonably blame them for everything. Because of their lack of open mindedness and bigotry the locals now vent their bile and hatred on local website’s for their peers to read. While the overner with a smile on his face looks forward to a holiday in the sun with folks of all different creeds and denominations. The End.

Northern Glum
Northern Glum
Reply to  Islandhammer
5 months ago

The last para of your post was cut off I think Islandhammer.

“As the holiday ended, the smile still covered the fathers face knowing his family’s home was well placed away from those whom in small numbers on hols were no threat. Yet secretly, nightly he watched the news worrying as numbers and crime rose alarmingly from areas where their numbers were growing, hence his wise choice of holidaying where such were mostly still absent.”

How long for, IS the worry now, with mass building about to begin.

Them Apples
Them Apples
Reply to  Northern Glum
5 months ago

C’est amusant, Glum, and hitting the nail firmly on the head, tochee.

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