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New defibrillator at The Wharf

A defibrillator has been installed on the public toilets building at The Wharf, Newbury. The ‘Public Access’ defibrillator will be available to use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Newbury Town Councillors started looking at suitable locations around Newbury for an extra defibrillator in the town which could be accessible at any hour. There are presently units in Parkway Shopping, the Kennet Shopping Centre, the Railway Station and at the Tennis Courts in Victoria Park as well as some others dotted about.

Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council, said, “We felt there was a definite need within the Town for a defibrillator that could be accessed by the public 24 hours a day. The Wharf toilets building is an ideal position should anyone need to use it in an emergency”.

He continued, “You do not need any training to use the device - it is designed for public use. You cannot misuse it as it will deliver a shock to the casualty only if they need it; in other words, it will not let you shock them unless they need a shock. It is part of an ongoing programme in the Council’s Strategy, as we work to make Newbury a town we can all be proud of.”

A defibrillator is a device that is used on a person who is in cardiac arrest.  A cardiac arrest, which is different to a heart attack, is where the heart is no longer pumping blood around the body.  Cardiac arrest casualties require immediate CPR and where possible the use of a defibrillator; performing CPR and using a defibrillator will give the casualty the best possible chance of survival. 

The defibrillator is accessed via a code, the code is given out by South Central Ambulance Service. The defibrillator is kept inside the cabinet, and only the defibrillator is kept in there, with nothing else, such as medications or any medical supplies.

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