DefibrillatorAbbotskerswell Parish Council were delighted to take possession of a Defibrillator for the village on Wednesday 8th June.  As requested, a training session is taking place on the 8th October. Download details here.

The Defibrillator was bought from County Councillor Alistair Dewhirst’s Locality Budget and has been installed on the outside of the Village Hall at the centre of the village.   It will be available for anyone to use after having dialled 999 for an ambulance.

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Cllr Kevin Eales, Chairman of the Parish Council, said “Although we hope we never have to use it, it is reassuring to have the defibrillator here and know that we can save a life if necessary.”   He praised David Wilds, the village hall manager, and parish Cllr Kevin Farrelly for their help in installing the unit.

Emergency defibrillation is commonly used for life-threatening cardiac problems.   The machine delivers an electrical current to the heart which allows it to re-establish a normal rhythm.   Abbotskerswell’s unit is an automated external defibrillator, which means that bystanders are able to use it successfully with no training.

defibrillator3Cllr Alistair Dewhirst, County Councillor for Teignbridge South, said “This is just the sort of thing our Locality budgets should be used for.   I am always happy to help the village where I spent so much of my youth and pleased to have enabled the village hall to have this life-saving piece of equipment installed.”