A Public Access AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is sited at the entrance to Hodnet Fire Station.
What to do in an emergency
Dial 999 as normal and ask for an ambulance
Tell the West Midlands Ambulance Service that the person concerned may have had a heart attack.
WMAS will despatch an ambulance/paramedic as usual.
WMAS will also recognise that there is a Public Access AED situated in Hodnet and will contact the on-call volunteers for an immediate response. The volunteers will use the security code to access the AED, take it to the patient and render assistance until the ambulance crew arrive.
Note: For every minute a patient is delayed in receiving defibrillation, their chances of survival drop by 10%
Please do not try and access the defibrillator yourself!
The defibrillator was generously donated to the Parish by Mr John Hagans. The AED cabinet, which was purchased by the Parish Council, was installed by Clive France, who as well as being one of the Hodnet volunteer fireman, works as an electrician for Barlows Ltd in Stoke, who also permitted him to install it free of charge.
An initial team of twelve first responders completed their training at the Lyon Hall on Sunday 1st March 2015. The training was provided by the West Midlands Ambulance Service. Mr John Hagans who donated the defibrillator is on the extreme left of the group.
If you are willing to consider becoming a volunteer member of the team able to respond with the AED, please contact the Parish Clerk by email.
Volunteers will receive full training from the WMAS and will work on a rota basis with other members of the community.
Further AEDs are in place at the Hodnet Medical Practice (01630 685230 opening hours only) and at the Beech House Nursing Home in Wollerton (01630 685813). The Hodnet Fire Appliance also has an AED and oxygen on board. However, these should only be used as a back-up option to dialling 999 the moment you suspect someone has had a cardiac arrest.
Remember, that for every minute a patient is delayed in receiving defibrillation, their chances of survival drop by 10%, so always dial 999 first!