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:
“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.
“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.”