As part of their local community initiative, Newport Pagnell Rotary Club, Milton Keynes Community Foundation and the residents of Newport Pagnell have come together to install a public defibrillator at the bus shelter/public conveniences outside Boots the Chemist on the High Street in Newport Pagnell.
The unit has been purchased in order to provide additional support to the needs of the town. This vital piece of equipment, available for any person who may suffer from a cardiac arrest whilst in the town, has been welcomed by the local community.
As part of the Rotary Club's commitment to this project, they held an excellent free training session at the United Reform Church on Saturday, 06th May.
MK Community Foundation were pleased to be invited to the session that was delivered by NHS South Central Ambulance Service.
MK Community Foundation had a chance to find out more about the importance of public defibrillators and felt that the training session really helped to ensure that the local people of Newport Pagnell feel confident to use the defibrillator should the need arise.
Why is a Defibrillator so Important?
Cardiac arrest is a serious medical emergency, where the heart stops pumping blood around the body. Unless treated immediately, it leads to death within minutes. There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs) in the UK each year. The overall survival rate in the UK is less than 1 in 10.