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The First Town in the Country to have a network of Public Access Defibrillators

The First Town in the Country to have a network of Public Access Defibrillators

Author: Gemma/Wednesday, November 26, 2014/Categories: Businesses/Town Councils, Communities, Hotels/Pubs, New Cabinet Installations, Schools/Universities, Village Shops

Frome has become the first town in the Country to install a network of 15 Public Access Defibrillators at various locations around the town. 


The funding of the Community Defibrillator Project has been undertaken by the Friends of Frome Hospital as part of their Community Outreach Programme.


In a press release from the Friends of Frome Hospital the Defibrillator Project Leader, Derek Trick says:  “As far as we are aware Frome is the first town in the country to roll-out such a comprehensive network of defibrillators for public use. This cross-community initiative is being supported by the Town Council, local businesses and the various service clubs”.


“Each AED unit is housed in a temperature-controlled cabinet with access controlled by the 999 emergency services. In an emergency the caller will be directed to their nearest AED unit and given a three digit code to release the ready-charged, ready to use defibrillator.  Once the unit is with the patient, the user-friendly HeartSine samaritan® defibrillator will have easy-to-understand visual instructions and voice prompts, along with CPR chest pumping advice to administer until paramedics arrive on the scene. The defibrillator cannot be used incorrectly as it will only deliver a shock to the patient only if it detects it is necessary”.


“Once most of the AED’s are installed it is the intention of the ‘Friends’ to organise public awareness meetings, in conjunction with the South West Ambulance Service and the Arrhythmia Alliance Charity (AAC) to ensure the people have an appreciation of the defibrillator community project.  Keep in mind, a cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, of any age, anywhere and at anytime.”


The funding of the Community Defibrillator Project is being undertaken by the Friends of Frome Hospital as part of their community outreach programme, with the other stakeholders undertaking retrospective fundraising campaigns to re-coup the outlay, and to underwrite future AED installations in the local villages and the on-going maintenance costs.


Donations to Friends of the Hospital, Defibrillator Appeal, can be made at the reception of the Frome Community Hospital, Enos Way, Frome BA11 2FH.


The Public Access Defibrillators in Frome that have been installed so far can be found at the following locations:-


  1. Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Justice Lane, Frome, BA11 1BE


  2. Key Centre, Feltham Lane, Frome, BA11 5AJ


  3. Rossetti House, Welshmill Lane, Frome, BA11 2LL


  4. Memorial Theatre, Christchurch St West, Frome, BA11 1EB


  5. Frome Fire Station, Butts Hill, Frome, BA11 1JG


  6. Merlin Theatre, Community College, Bath Road, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2HQ


  7. Oakfield Academy, Oakfield Road, Frome, Somerset, BA11 4JF


  8. Frome Medical Practice, Enos Way, Frome, BA11 2FH


  9. The White Hart Public House, Trudoxhill, Nr Frome, BA11 5DP


  10. Lloyds Pharmacy, 96 Forest Road, Frome, BA11 2TU


  11. Lock’s Hill Surgery, 95 Lock’s Hill, Frome, BA11 1NG


  12. Frome Flyer (Premier Inn), Commerce Park, Jenson Avenue, Frome, BA11 2LD  

  13. Stop Press.......8 more HeartSafe cabinets to be installed in the New Year.

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