There is a defibrillator inside a green cabinet just outside the front door at the Skelsmergh Community Hall. The cabinet
that contains it developed a fault last year. It took some time to get it repaired but now it's back in position, ready for action.
Thanks are due to Ian Robinson for donating his electrical services for installation free of charge.
In order to open the cabinet you must first phone 999. The North West Ambulance Service operator will give you a code and
despatch an ambulance. You then put in the code, open the cabinet, take out the defibrillator and follow the recorded instructions.
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. 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. Survival is increased if bystanders carry out
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until a defibrillator is used. The recent CPR course given at the Community Hall was very well attended.
We shall be organising another course later in the year, and attendance is strongly recommended.
Mary Chapman, Skelsmergh and Scalthwaiterigg Parish Council