Following the decision to equip each of the villages with defibrillators, the Parish Council secured a grant from the Marlborough Area Board and reserved additional funds in the budget for 2019-20 to enable four machines to be purchased;
A Defibrillators Project Team has been set up and arrangements have been made with the South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust ( SWASFT); the Wiltshire Council’s preferred provider. SWAST advised on the most appropriate location for the machines which are sited as follows:
- Fyfield: St Nicholas Church porch,
- Lockeridge: the Whoda thought it pub porch,
- Kennet Valley Hall,
- West Overton: the phone box
SWAST will provide training for residents to use the machines on a regular annual basis as well as stocking and maintaining the machines.
SWAST have made available a short video ( YouTube) demonstrating how to deliver effective Basic Life Support under the amended guidance for COVID but does not include using a defibrillator. The video was created for the ‘Restart a Heart’ day 2020 RAH. See: Restart a Heart Day 2020 – YouTube