A new defibrillator site has been created at St Euny Parish Church, Redruth. The campaign was generously provided by the local community and supported by the Co-op Local Community Fund and Tesco Bags of Help.

The device has been registered on the ambulance service database and anyone needing access to it should call 999 and follow instructions from the call handler.

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. They’re becoming an increasingly common sight in public places across the country and have already saved many lives. 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.

Jamie Richards, Chief Executive of AEDdonate said: “It’s great to see another AED out in the community. I would urge other people in the area to contact us to see how we can help. It may be that we have funding available in your area”