The local community in the Fenton area will be better protected after a new Public Access Defibrillator has been installed.

The AED (Automated External Defibrillator) was funded by donations from the members, volunteers and friends of Temple Street Methodist Church together with a generous donation from Councillor Cheryl Gerrard’s City Council Ward Budget. Special thanks also go to the trustees of Temple Street Methodist Church who initiated this project to save lives in the city.

The AED has been installed on the wall of Temple Street Methodist Church on Temple Street, Fenton and is available for use to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week once a code has been received from the Ambulance Service.

Jamie Richards, Chief Executive of AEDdonate; who supplied the AED said “The chance of survival after Sudden Cardiac Arrest decreases minute by minute, but if someone is shocked with a Defibrillator within 3 minutes their chance of survival increases by 70 %.”

“Having an AED within a 1/2-mile radius from wherever you are I believe is a must.” “we would welcome further communities to get in touch to see if we can help.

It is great news that a an additional defibrillator has now been installed in Fenton.

“If anyone dials 999 to a patient who is in cardiac arrest in the area, the caller will be advised on the location of the defibrillator and provided with the code to open the secure cabinet in which it is housed. The ambulance call assessor has the ability to talk any caller, defibrillator trained or not, through instructions in how to use the device as well as CPR techniques. The defibrillator itself also provides voice guidance throughout and pictorial guides are also present.”

If you would like more information on how you or your business can donate a defibrillator to a Community Public Access Site visit www.aeddonate.org.uk or call us on 01785 472224.