Published on 04.03.2014

Second Public Defibrillator for Alnwick

Alnwick now has two public access defibrillators in the town after a new one has been installed in Bailiffgate.

Following discussions with the North East Ambulance Service, Alnwick Town Council acquired the decommissioned BT telephone kiosk on Bailiffgate and it is now the home of a recently installed defibrillator. The defibrillator was provided by the North East Ambulance Service and was installed free of charge by Oswald Hughes Electricals Limited from Seahouses. The Alnwick Lions are also supporting the scheme and have agreed to do regular checks on the kiosk and equipment.

Mayor of Alnwick Bill Grisdale said, “Treating sudden cardiac arrest quickly with a defibrillator is important and I am delighted that the town now has a second public access unit.  I wish to thank BT, the North East Ambulance Service, Oswald Hughes Electricals Ltd and Alnwick Lions for working with the Town Council to make the project happen”.

In the event of an emergency call to the Ambulance Service, the caller would be advised where the unit is, the code to access the cabinet and asked if anyone can retrieve it. Defibrillators are easy to use, compact, portable and very effective. They are designed to be used by anyone; the machine guides you with verbal instructions and visual prompts. They are safe and will not allow a shock to be given unless the heart’s rhythm requires it.

Alnwick’s other public access defibrillator is at Alnwick Cricket Club and the Stephen Carey Fund are looking at other locations including possibilities in the centre of the town.

If a defibrillator is something that your community or venue might be interested in acquiring, or are merely interested in learning more about CPR and defibrillators, please do not hesitate to contact Alex Wheeler, Community Resuscitation Officer at North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (Alexandra.wheeler@neas.nhs.uk).