Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Villagers get help in a heartbeat from defibrillator

Photo: The Marden defibrillator

Community organisations have joined forces to install a lifesaving defibrillator for heart attack and cardiac patients in Marden.

The equipment, which is used to administer electric shocks to re-start the heart, was officially unveiled on Friday at the village fire station.

The Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) has now been fitted to a red phone box near the library and heritage centre and can be accessed by dialling 999 for a key code.

It is a joint collaborative project involving Community Heartbeat, the Community Warden, Marden History Group, Marden Parish Council and Marden Medical Centre, Kent Fire & Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service and Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

Air Ambulance Operational Clinical Manager Richard de Coverly said: “Heart attacks and cardiac problems can happen to young and old and at any time and any place.

“Let’s hope it’s not needed but it’s great for the village to have it in place and accessible for everyone.”

The famous red phone box in Marden was donated by villagers in Benenden and the defibrillator was funded by an anonymous donation of £1,975 to Marden History Group.

Chairman David McFarland said: “It’s been heartwarming to see so many caring agencies involved in this project which serves such a humanitarian purpose for the village.”

Residents in Marden will be trained in how to use the defibrillator at a number of sessions to be held over the next year.

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