Horley Gets Its Own Defibrillator…

Have you noticed the yellow box outside the Red Lion?

The new defibrillator outside the Red Lion

The new defibrillator outside the Red Lion

It’s our new Automated External Defibrillator (AED) that has recently been installed on the wall outside the Red Lion (soon to be commissioned ). This is expected to happen within the next few days – as soon as the white notice disappears then the machine is fully functioning so keep an eye out.

For more information on your new AED and how to take part in a specially arranged training session on Wednesday November 18th  see below and information on the Parish Notice Board.

This potentially lifesaving device has been procured by the Parish Council from the Community Heartbeat Trust, and has been installed on the front wall of the Red Lion close to the telephone box. It will become available for use in the next few days, as soon as it is registered with the ambulance service.

A defibrillator (AED) is used in cases of cardiac arrest or arrhythmia, when swift action can make all the difference to a patient’s chances of survival. If you or someone you are with appears to be suffering from a cardiac condition, the first thing to do is always to ring 999. If it appears that the use of a defibrillator is called for, the operator will be able to direct you to the Horley AED, and will be able to supply the secure access code to open the locked cabinet door. The AED contains simple instructions and is fully automated, so it will not operate unless it detects an irregular heartbeat.

Whilst the AED can be used without any training, the Parish Council has arranged for Community Heartbeat to provide a session which anyone in the village is welcome to attend. This will cover how and when the AED should be used, together with other resuscitation techniques and related issues. The training will take place at the Old School at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 18 November. Anyone intending to attend the session is asked to notify the Clerk to the Parish Council, David Marriott, in advance, by emailing him at horleyparishclerk@btinternet.com, or by calling him on 07872 930030.