A defibrillator has now been installed at the Rugeley Community Centre/Church thanks to funding from the Staffordshire Local Community Fund, Councillor Mike Sutherland and the Tesco Bags of Help.

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.

Providing an essential and potentially life-saving, stage in the treatment of anyone suffering a Cardiac Arrest, defibrillators are easy to operate with step-by-step instructions for members of the community to use in an emergency. The machine is available 24/7 and anyone needing access should call 999. The chance of survival after Sudden Cardiac Arrest decreases minute by minute, but if someone is shocked with a defibrillator within 2-3 minutes their chance of survival increases by 70{d30390558f9e4508be1047a3a1acb6b4e0b00fabde10b462fce3f3fe1e727ecc}. A defibrillator is easy to use with each machine giving step by step instructions. The devices are intended to be used in the minutes prior to the arrival of an ambulance.