A defibrillator can be found at Boldre War Memorial Hall, located inside the main entrance. The emergency services have the key pad code in their records to allow for access 24x7.
Living in a rural location, the emergency services can take time to reach an incident so Boldre Parish Council have facilitated the provision of a defibrillator. This was funded by County Councillor Ken Thornber via a grant from Hampshire County Council. Whilst a number of locations were considered for this device, it was decided that Boldre War Memorial Hall was the most suitable location as it provides a secure location which is widely used by the community as a whole. With the kind agreement of the Boldre War Memorial Hall charity committee, the defibrillator was installed in the main entrance.
The council also organised a free training session for the local community to attend in order to understand how to operate the new device.
After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillation reduces someone's chance of survival by 10 per cent. A defibrillator delivers an electrical current through the chest which aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm allowing it to pump again. Technical advances have now allowed for the creations of portable defibrillators especially designed for people with no medical background. When applied to the victim, voice commands and screen messages will guide the user step-by-step through the process and its intelligent technology will only allow it to shock a ‘shockable’ heart rhythm. This opens a window for the public to take on a key role to support emergency services who would otherwise be hindered by the time it takes to reach the victim.
Further information on Defibrillators can be found at the British Heart Foundation website: https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/nation-of-lifesavers/using-defibrillators