9th Dec, 2016

Help at hand for cardiac arrest victims in Henley

Stratford Editorial 27th Sep, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

HELP is at hand for victims of cardiac arrest in Henley.

Thanks to the generosity of West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) and the involvement of a number of community organisations, there are now three public access defibrillators (PAD) across the area ready to help save lives.

The first, at The Henley Golf Club off the Stratford Road, will be kept in reception and is available for any member, guest or visitor.

The Henley War Memorial Trust, which runs the playing fields on the south side of the town, has become the custodian of the second. It is located on the side wall of the tennis club to the left of the entrance and can be used by anyone whether they are a member or not.

And following a successful defibrillator campaign in Henley, Wootton Wawen Parish Council has decided to install a PAD in the village. It is on the outside wall of the village shop, opposite the church on the left-hand side of the entrance door.

The use of a defibrillator – which shocks the heart back into a normal rhythm – can increase the survival chances of a person

who has suffered sudden cardiac arrest by as much as 50 per cent.

Stored in a bright yellow box, they can only be accessed by people who have been given a code after calling 999.

The defibrillator is automatic and tells the person using it what to do. It will only deliver a shock to a person if they need it.

For more information on defibrillators, training or becoming a Community First Responder visit www.henleycfr.org.uk or call Sue Osborne on 01564 794299.