The lifesaver

Located at the Reading Room, Church Lane, Burgh-next-Aylsham, NR11 6TR

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential life-saving step in the chain of survival.

If you come across someone who has had a cardiac arrest, it’s vital to call 999 and start CPR. Then you should find out if there is a defibrillator nearby.


Do NOT leave the casualty to go and get the defibrillator. The Ambulance Service will tell you what you need to do and if the circumstances allow for the defibrillator to be retrieved they will provide you the location and access code.

If a person is unconscious they could be in cardiac arrest. THINK:

Danger    Check for danger. Always put your own safety first and check for risks before you start helping the casualty.

Response    Can the person respond or are they unconscious? Ask them simple questions like ‘Are you all right?’ or ‘Can you tell me your name?’

Shout    Call out for help – it helps if you can get someone to call 999 or 112 while you deal with the emergency.

Airway    Make sure their airway is open and unblocked. Tilt their head back and lift their chin to open the airway.

Breathing    Check if the person is breathing normally and if they are, put them in the recovery position by lying them on their side with their knees bent, their hand tucked under their cheek and their head tilted to keep the airway clear.

CPR    If they are not breathing, start CPR by repeating 30 chest compressions and then 2 rescue breaths. Always ask a bystander to call 999 or 112.

Defibrillation    Ask someone to find out where the nearest defibrillator is and ask them to bring it to you as quickly as they can.

Our defibrillator is registered with the Ambulance Service who will advise on location and access code.

The defibrillator and its batteries are inspected weekly (usually more frequently) and a monthly return is completed and sent to the Community Heartbeat Trust. This is monitored by the Ambulance Service who also make an annual inspection. New pads were installed in early 2018.

Our grateful thanks to the British Heart Foundation for this information and guidance.

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