Public defibrilator installed at town centre shop

PUBLISHED: 13:11 12 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:12 12 November 2013

Estuary League of Friends shop volunteer Mary Evans is pictured with the new defibrillator which is now located on the wall outside the shop. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref ext 2934-43-13SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk

Estuary League of Friends shop volunteer Mary Evans is pictured with the new defibrillator which is now located on the wall outside the shop. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref ext 2934-43-13SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk

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Shoppers in Topsham town centre now have access to potentially life-saving equipment, after the installation of a public defibrillator.

The device, which can potentially restart a heart in the event of cardiac arrest, has been fitted on the front of the Estuary League of Friends shops in Fore Street, and has been provided by the charity with funding from county councillor Andrew Leadbetter.

Charity chief executive Rachel Gilpin said: “We saw some out and about in different places and asked Andrew Leadbetter if he would look at funding one for us. He thought it would be good to have one in the community, and we thought we could provide it as a community group.”

The charity has given some public training on how to use the device, and could offer more next year.

However, the defibrillator has been designed so that no training is needed to operate it, and it will not work unless it detects a patient who needs it.

Rachel explained: “Anybody can grab it and it talks you through it, and it only activates if it senses that person needs it.

“If you shock somebody once and it senses that is enough it won’t let you shock them again.

“Someone without training absolutely can use it – that’s the whole point of it.”


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