Two brand new defibrillator sites have been installed in Pontardawe thanks to funding received from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

The defibrillators are located at The Capel Road Garage, Clydach and Rhos Meadow Service Station, Gellinudd.

They are available 24/7 and are registered with the ambulance service.

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 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.

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

Jamie Richards, Chief Executive of AEDdonate said: “It’s great to see another community equipped with defibrillators. 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”

Responsible for around 100,000 deaths in the UK every year, sudden cardiac arrest is one of the country’s biggest killers but quick and easy access to a defibrillator can significantly increase the chances of survival.