New defibrillator
There is a new defibrillator inside a green cabinet just outside the front door at Skelsmergh Community Hall. A defibrillator is a simple and safe life-saving device that is used to deliver an electric shock to a person's heart in cardiac arrest. It is registered with the North West Ambulance Service and is now ready for action.

If someone has a cardiac arrest, it's sometimes possible to shock the heart back into a normal heart rhythm by using a defibrillator to give their heart an electric shock, the sooner this happens the better. Survival is increased if bystanders carry out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until a defibrillator is used.

If a person is suspected of having a heart attack:

  • Ring 999 from your location.
  • Begin CPR immediately.
  • Follow the instructions given by the emergency service operator.

If it is appropriate, you will be given the location of the nearest defibrillator and the code to open the cabinet and retrieve the defibrillator. The defibrillator gives you all the instructions you need for its use. You may not be directed to the Community Hall if Ambulance or First Responder arrival is imminent.

The Heart Start course on CPR at the Community Hall was very well attended . We shall be organising another course later in the year. Attendance is strongly recommended.