A new defibrillator is now available at Bridge Street Methodist Church in Andover thanks to a joint fundraising effort from Test Valley Borough Council, Andover Street Pastors, Bridge Street Methodist Church and support from AEDdonate and the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

The defibrillator is located on the exterior wall of Bridge Street Methodist Church, Andover. The machine is registered on the ambulance service database and is available to the community 24/7.

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. A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time and following the four steps in the chain of survival can help to increase the patient’s chances of survival.

Call 999

Commence CPR

Early Defibrillation

Early Advanced Life Support

Defibrillators are easy to use and come with either verbal or visual step by step instructions. The machines are designed to be used by anyone with or without prior training. Anyone needing a defibrillator should call 999 in the first instance and the call handler will advise where the nearest one is and how to access it. If effective CPR and a defibrillator can be applied within the first 3-5 minutes of collapse the chances of survival for the victim can increase from 6%-74%. Without immediate treatment, 90%-95% of patients will die.

Thank you to everyone involved for working with us on this project, its great to see another machine available in the community