***Your Neighbourhood Plan needs you!***
Middleton Cheney Parish Council is updating its emergency plan.
The Parish Council seeks individuals or groups of local residents who have specific skills and or resources which at times of extreme emergency could assist in the delivery of the emergency plan. We are looking for people with medical skills, transportation resources, and mobile catering facilities.
If you think you can help please contact Craig Bryant via the Parish Council Office firstname.lastname@example.org / 01295 713500, if you can help.
New defibrillators mean village is protected as part of charity’s high-profile campaign with Fabrice Muamba
13th May 2013, Middleton Cheney: RESIDENTS in Middleton Cheney are protected under a high-profile lifesaving campaign fronted by former footballer Fabrice Muamba after the launch of two public-access defibrillators in the village.
The AEDs (automated external defibrillators) have been installed at either end of the village in secured cabinets and are now available to anyone in the event of someone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.
Middleton Cheney Parish Council co-ordinated the installation of the devices after learning about their lifesaving potential and the Hearts & Goals campaign, run by Warwickshire-based charity Arrhythmia Alliance in partnership with Fabrice Muamba; the ex-footballer who collapsed on the football pitch with sudden cardiac arrest playing for Bolton Wanderers in March 2012.
Defibrillators have been placed at A.R. Mills Motors and at the Co-op Pharmacy, at both ends of Main Road, in locked, weather-proof, green cabinets. In the event of an emergency anyone who phoned 999 would be given immediate access to the defibrillator which can be used to shock a person’s heart back into rhythm.
Councillor Val Furniss, Middleton Cheney Parish Council's Chair, who helped initiate the scheme, said: “We are very proud to have helped make our village protected in the unfortunate event someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest.
“Once we became aware of the scale of sudden cardiac arrest as a problem and the lifesaving potential of AEDs we knew as a Parish Council we had to ensure the residents of Middleton Cheney were protected and we are delighted the devices are now available to use in the event of an emergency.
“A lot of people have helped to make this a reality. A big ‘thank you’ must go to all of those who have contributed in so many ways – whether agreeing to house the devices, paying for their installation or becoming a guardian to make sure they are maintained. This has been a community effort right from the beginning.
“Special mention must go to A.R. Mills and J.P. Charles and Sons for agreeing to house the devices.
“We hope what we have done in Middleton Cheney inspires other communities to take action and install these lifesaving devices.”
AEDs can be used by anyone in the event of someone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest to shock their heart back into rhythm. The devices do not require training and talk the person using them through the entire process.
Hearts & Goals has helped communities place defibrillators up and down the country.
Trudie Lobban MBE, Founder and CEO of Arrhythmia Alliance, said: “This is a great example of a community coming together to make a difference and protect its residents.
“We know that AEDs (automated external defibrillators) save lives and it is fantastic to see communities like Middleton Cheney’s take the importance of having these devices available to the public so seriously.
“Anyone can suffer a sudden cardiac arrest at any time, it is the UK’s biggest killer, causing 100,000 deaths in the UK ever year.
“When someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest time is critical. Though CPR is vital, defibrillation with an AED increases the chance of someone surviving from 5% with just CPR to 50%. This is why we must get more AEDs into communities, accessible to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Middleton Cheney Parish Council, which initiated this scheme, and all of those within the village should be very proud of themselves for achieving this goal.
“This is a fine example for others to follow.”
Facts, figures and important points:
- Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a heart rhythm disorder that results in 100,000 deaths in the UK each year, killing more people than lung cancer, breast cancer and Aids combined
- When CPR is administered to someone who has suffered an SCA, they have just a 5% chance of survival
- When CPR and an AED (a defibrillator) are used together, the average chance of survival goes up to 50%, a ten-fold increase over CPR alone
- If used in the first four minutes after SCA, defibrillators can give victims an 80% chance of survival - a massive 16-fold increase compared to CPR alone. However, the survival rate drops by 14% for every additional minute.
- AEDs are defibrillators that any member of the public can use without training to resuscitate someone who has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest
- AEDs come equipped with an internal computer and automated voice, which guides users through every step. They monitor heart activity once pads are fitted to the patient and instruct the user accordingly based on the readings they take. AEDs also internally self-test, provide a clear indication with a green or red light whether there is any fault and hosts are fully trained on the daily checking procedures.
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1) Arrhythmia Alliance is a coalition of patients, charities, professional medical organisations and industry groups that works to promote the timely diagnosis and effective management of arrhythmias. By raising awareness and campaigning for the improved detection and care of heart rhythm disorders, Arrhythmia Alliance aims to extend and improve the lives of the millions around the world that these conditions affect.
2) Hearts & Goals is an Arrhythmia Alliance campaign in partnership with Bolton Wanderers FC, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust and North West Ambulance Service
3) The Hearts & Goals website can be found at www.heartsandgoals.org
4) The Arrhythmia Alliance website can be found at www.heartrhythmcharity.org.uk
5) To learn more, or to arrange an interview, please contact Steve Hayes at email@example.com, 01789 520 314.
Thursday 23 May at 7.30 pm
will be talking about her 16th century novel
about Ralph Ellerker, who began a journey from
Packwood House , in Warwickshire, around the known
world and back to the moated house of
Baddesley Clinton, where his portrait still hangs.
Part fact, part fiction it tells a fascinating story.
Adults £5 / Children £2, includes refreshments.
Tickets from the library where the talk will be held.