Community Defibrillator in place at Waterfront Inn, West Stockwith

  • By Martyn Johnson
  • 07 Aug, 2017

Second life saving defibrillator available in West Stockwith village

Defibrillator at The Waterfront Inn, West Stockwith
PICTURED L-R: Cllr Hazel Brand, Shaun Johnson (First Responder), Colin Gibson (Chair FVFR), Sue Harford (Chair of West Stockwith Parish Council), Lion Tom Allen (North Notts Lions Club) and Karen Bull (Landlady of the Waterfront Inn, West Stockwith).

Another potentially life saving defibrillator is now in place in West Stockwith, located outside the front door of the Waterfront Inn on Canal Lane in the village.

The Public Access Defibrillator (PAD), which can be used to shock the heart of a cardiac arrest victim, was funded by donations and grants from North Notts Lions Club, West Stockwith Parish Council, Five Villages First Responders and Cllr Hazel Brand.

The local voluntary Five Villages First Responders (FVFR) team have been involved in installing seventeen such defibrillators within the local area over the 3 years, including one’s in Misterton, Beckingham, Walkeringham, Gringley on the Hill, Everton, Clayworth and other local villages.

Martyn Johnson, Coordinator of FVFR said: “The defibrillators are located in secure yellow cabinets on the outside of the buildings. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, should they be required in the case of someone nearby suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest. When a cardiac arrests happens, the patient will suddenly collapse, will be unresponsive and either not be breathing at all, or only occasionally gasping. Rapid help in the form of calling immediately for an ambulance via 999, starting CPR (chest compressions and rescue breaths) and the use of an automated defibrillator can vastly improve the chances of survival for the patient.”

All the defibrillators in the area are logged by East Midlands Ambulance Service on their Computer Dispatch system, and if a 999 call happens nearby and one of the defibrillators is required, the 999 ambulance operator will give instructions to the caller - telling them that there is a defib nearby and the code to open the cabinet. “If someone is then able to fetch it to the patients side, while another person performs CPR this will help improve the chance of survival”, said Martyn.

Once the defib is by the patients side the lid is opened and the user simply follows the audio and visual instructions to place the adhesive pads on the patients chest. The ambulance operator will also give instructions over the phone. The defibrillator will check to see if the patient’s heart is in a rhythm that requires a shock, and if it is the defibrillator will deliver one. They are simple and safe to use. While all of this is happening the ambulance service will still be sending emergency resources straight to the scene following the 999 call. But if CPR can be carried out and a defib can be used within the first minutes after a cardiac arrests occurs the chances of the patient being successfully resuscitated are much greater.

Martyn said: “We’d like to pass on our thanks to all the organisations who have come together to fund this defibrillator and to Karen and Stewart from the Waterfront Inn for all their help and assistance and for agreeing to host this potentially life saving piece of equipment for the community outside of their venue.”

The unit at Waterfront Inn is the second one to be placed in West Stockwith, with the other being located outside on the wall of the Gertrude Morris Village Hall on Main Street.

Further free to attend awareness sessions which include how to perform CPR and how to use a defibrillator run by FVFR will be held in Misterton and West Stockwith in the coming months, and these will be publicised locally.

If you are interested in finding out more information about Community Defibrillators or about FVFR, please visit the website www.fvfr.co.uk , Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fivevillagesfirstresponders or email contact@fvfr.co.uk .

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By Martyn Johnson 07 Aug, 2017

Another potentially life saving defibrillator is now in place in West Stockwith, located outside the front door of the Waterfront Inn on Canal Lane in the village.

The Public Access Defibrillator (PAD), which can be used to shock the heart of a cardiac arrest victim, was funded by donations and grants from North Notts Lions Club, West Stockwith Parish Council, Five Villages First Responders and Cllr Hazel Brand.

The local voluntary Five Villages First Responders (FVFR) team have been involved in installing seventeen such defibrillators within the local area over the 3 years, including one’s in Misterton, Beckingham, Walkeringham, Gringley on the Hill, Everton, Clayworth and other local villages.

Martyn Johnson, Coordinator of FVFR said: “The defibrillators are located in secure yellow cabinets on the outside of the buildings. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, should they be required in the case of someone nearby suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest. When a cardiac arrests happens, the patient will suddenly collapse, will be unresponsive and either not be breathing at all, or only occasionally gasping. Rapid help in the form of calling immediately for an ambulance via 999, starting CPR (chest compressions and rescue breaths) and the use of an automated defibrillator can vastly improve the chances of survival for the patient.”

All the defibrillators in the area are logged by East Midlands Ambulance Service on their Computer Dispatch system, and if a 999 call happens nearby and one of the defibrillators is required, the 999 ambulance operator will give instructions to the caller - telling them that there is a defib nearby and the code to open the cabinet. “If someone is then able to fetch it to the patients side, while another person performs CPR this will help improve the chance of survival”, said Martyn.

Once the defib is by the patients side the lid is opened and the user simply follows the audio and visual instructions to place the adhesive pads on the patients chest. The ambulance operator will also give instructions over the phone. The defibrillator will check to see if the patient’s heart is in a rhythm that requires a shock, and if it is the defibrillator will deliver one. They are simple and safe to use. While all of this is happening the ambulance service will still be sending emergency resources straight to the scene following the 999 call. But if CPR can be carried out and a defib can be used within the first minutes after a cardiac arrests occurs the chances of the patient being successfully resuscitated are much greater.

Martyn said: “We’d like to pass on our thanks to all the organisations who have come together to fund this defibrillator and to Karen and Stewart from the Waterfront Inn for all their help and assistance and for agreeing to host this potentially life saving piece of equipment for the community outside of their venue.”

The unit at Waterfront Inn is the second one to be placed in West Stockwith, with the other being located outside on the wall of the Gertrude Morris Village Hall on Main Street.

Further free to attend awareness sessions which include how to perform CPR and how to use a defibrillator run by FVFR will be held in Misterton and West Stockwith in the coming months, and these will be publicised locally.

If you are interested in finding out more information about Community Defibrillators or about FVFR, please visit the website www.fvfr.co.uk , Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fivevillagesfirstresponders or email contact@fvfr.co.uk .
By Martyn Johnson 16 Mar, 2017
Another potentially life saving defibrillator is now in place at Gringley in the Hill, North Notts, located outside the front door of the Community Centre on West Wells Lane.

The device which can be used to shock the heart of a cardiac arrest victim was kindly purchased by a Gringley resident in memory of a family member.  Along with the generous donation members of the Community Centre Committee and Five Villages First Responders have worked together to put the new Public Access Defibrillator in place. The yellow cabinet was installed by local electrician and Gringley resident David Foreman.

On Wednesday 15th March, 2017, an awareness session was held by members of East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and Five Villages First Responders (FVFR) to show members of the community how to recognise a cardiac arrest, how to perform CPR (chest compressions and rescue breaths) and how to access and use a public defibrillator. Martyn Johnson of EMAS and FVFR said:  "It was a great turn out, 27 members of the local community including residents of Gringley and Everton came along to the session. The aim was to give people confidence to quickly act if someone suffers a cardiac arrest. Prompt action can save lifes and increases the chance of survival if help is called quickly, CPR is performed and a defibrillator is used as soon as possible."

The unit outside the Community Centre is the second public access defibrillator in Gringley, the other is located outside of the The Blue Bell Inn on High Street. FVFR have been working with other local villages and groups to install the defibs at other locations including Misterton, Beckingham, Walkeringham, West Stockwith, Clayworth, Everton, Mattersey, Mattersey Thorpe and more.

When a sudden cardiac arrest occurs the patient will collapse, become unresponsive and stop breathing, often due to the heart going into a chaotic rhythm that requires correcting by a defibrillator. In the event that the Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) is required the ambulance control centre on receipt of a "999" call will instruct the caller of the location of the nearest PAD and give the access code to open the cabinet. The defibrillators are simple and safe to use, the lid is opened and then the machine has audio and visual prompts of how to use it. Pads are attached to the patients chest and the defibrillator assess the patients heart rhythm and only if a shock is required it will deliver one.

More information about all the Public Access Defibrillators within the local villages can be found on the FVFR website at www.fvfr.co.uk
By Martyn Johnson 18 Dec, 2016
Sutton-cum-Lound Parish Council have been assisted by Five Villages First Responders and East Midlands Ambulance to secure a potentially life saving Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) for the village.

The defibrillator is located on the outside wall next to the front entrance of the Sutton-cum-Lound Village Hall, 38 Town Street, Sutton-cum-Lound, DN22 8PT.

The life saving AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is located in secure yellow cabinet on the outside of the building. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, should they be required in the case of someone nearby suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest.

When a sudden cardiac arrests happens, the patient suddenly collapses and stops breathing. Rapid help in the form of calling immediately for an ambulance via 999, starting CPR (chest compressions and rescue breaths) and the use of an AED can vastly improve the chances of survial for the patient.

The new AED is logged by East Midlands Ambulance Service on their Computer Dispatch system, and if a 999 call happens nearby and one of the defibrillators is required, the 999 ambulance operator will give instructions to the caller - telling them that there is an AED nearby and the code to open the cabinet to access it. If someone is then able to fetch the AED to the patients side, while another person performs CPR this will help improve the chance of survival.

Once the AED is by the patients side the lid is opened and the user simply follows the audio and visual instructions to place the pads on the patients chest. The machine will check to see if the patients heart is in a rhythm that requires a shock, and if it is the AED will deliver one. The AEDs are simple and safe to use. While of this is happening the ambulance service will still be sending emergency resources straight to the scene following the 999 call. But if CPR can be carried out and an AED can be used within the first 2 or 3 minutes after a cardiac arrests occurs the chances of the patient being successfully resuscitated are much greater.

An awareness session for local residents will be running shortly and will be advertised in the village and will be free for all to attend.
By Martyn Johnson 10 Nov, 2016
Fifteen members of the public, including members of Misterton's Swimming Club, took part in a life saving skills session held at Grove House Farm, Misterton, on Thursday 10th November 2016.

The session was led by Paramedic Martyn Johnson, who is the coordinator of the Five Villages First Responder team, and Community First Responder Mary Riches.

Those who attended learned how to identify when someone has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, how to perform CPR (chest compressions and rescue breathing) and how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).

Martyn said: "These skills are vital and can be life saving in the event that someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, where they collapse and stop breathing. If CPR is started straight away and an AED is used, the patient's chances of survival are vastly increased. Thank you to all those who attended and took part in the session. More will be held over the coming months and will be advertised locally."

There are now Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) in many of the local villages, which can be used by anyone in the event of a cardiac arrest. Click here for more information about the CPADs.
By Martyn Johnson 06 Aug, 2016
A grant from the British Heart Foundation, as well as fund raising from local residents and support from the Parish Council and Five Villages First Responders means there are now Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) in place at Mattersey and Mattersey Thorpe.

Several members of the local Five Villages First Responders team have given assistance to the Parish Council and provided a free "Defibrillator and CPR" awareness session to local residents at the Mattersey Church Hall earlier in the year, which was very well attended. The team will also assist with on-going support and by carrying out regular checks on the new units. Thanks also go to Proviso-Systems Ltd and A1 Housing for their assistance in hosting the units on their buildings.

The defibrillators are located on the outside wall of Proviso-Systems Ltd, Everton  Road, Mattersey, DN10 5DS and on the outside wall of the Community House, 3 Cunningham Close, Mattersey Thorpe, DN10 5EN.

The life saving AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) are located in secure yellow cabinets on the outside of the buildings. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, should they be required in the case of someone nearby suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest.

When a sudden cardiac arrests happens, the patient suddenly collapses and stops breathing. Rapid help in the form of calling immediately for an ambulance via 999, starting CPR (chest compressions and rescue breaths) and the use of an AED can vastly improve the chances of survial for the patient.

The new AEDs are logged by East Midlands Ambulance Service on their Computer Dispatch system, and if a 999 call happens nearby and one of the defibrillators is required, the 999 ambulance operator will give instructions to the caller - telling them that there is an AED nearby and the code to open the cabinet to access it. If someone is then able to fetch the AED to the patients side, while another person performs CPR this will help improve the chance of survival.

Once the AED is by the patients side the lid is opened and the user simply follows the audio and visual instructions to place the pads on the patients chest. The machine will check to see if the patients heart is in a rhythm that requires a shock, and if it is the AED will deliver one. The AEDs are simple and safe to use. While of this is happening the ambulance service will still be sending emergency resources straight to the scene following the 999 call. But if CPR can be carried out and an AED can be used within the first 2 or 3 minutes after a cardiac arrests occurs the chances of the patient being successfully resuscitated are much greater.
By Martyn Johnson 22 May, 2016
Thanks to the hard work of the Parish Councils and residents, the villages of Sturton le Steeple and North & South Wheatley now have Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) in place. Colin Gibson, the chair of Five Villages First Responders, has assisted the Parish Councils with advice and information to help them with their project to install the defibrillators.

The CPADs are located at Sturton Hall and Conference Centre, Brickings Way, Sturton Le Steeple and North & South Wheatley Village Hall, Sturton Road, South Wheatley

The life saving defibrillators, or AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) are located in secure yellow cabinets on the outside of the buildings. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, should they be required in the case of someone nearby suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest.

When a sudden cardiac arrests happens, the patient suddenly collapses and stops breathing. Rapid help in the form of calling immediately for an ambulance via 999, starting CPR (chest compressions and rescue breaths) and the use of an AED can vastly improve the chances of survial for the patient.

The new AEDs are logged by East Midlands Ambulance Service on their Computer Dispatch system, and if a 999 call happens nearby and one of the defibrillators is required, the 999 ambulance operator will give instructions to the caller - telling them that there is an AED nearby and the code to open the cabinet. If someone is then able to fetch the AED to the patients side, while another person performs CPR this will help improve the chance of survival. Once the AED is by the patients side the lid is opened and the user simply follows the audio and visual instructions to place the pads on the patients chest. The machine will check to see if the patients heart is in a rhythm that requires a shock, and if it is the AED will deliver one. The AEDs are simple and safe to use. While of this is happening the ambulance service will still be sending emergency resources straight to the scene following the 999 call. But if CPR can be carried out and an AED can be used within the first 2 or 3 minutes after a cardiac arrests occurs the chances of the patient being successfully resuscitated are much greater.

Awareness sessions are being held in the villages to show members of the community how the system works and to give them chance to practice CPR and using an AED.
By Martyn Johnson 22 May, 2016
Five Villages First Responders have thanked the North Notts Lions Club after they raised £500 for them at a Race Night in March.

The Lions Club ran the event at Misterton Sports and Social Club on 5th March to raise funds for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and Five Villages First Responders. A great night was had by all who attended and £1,000 was raised, which split between the two organisations.

Five Villages First Responders said: "We would like to give a massive thank you to all the members of North Notts Lions Club and also to all those who attended and supported the Race Night. The Lions put in a huge amount of hard work raising funds for local, national and international charities and organisations. We really appreciate their on-going support and the money that they have raised for our team."
By Martyn Johnson 10 Apr, 2016
Residents from Gringley on the Hill have taken part in a course to teach them life saving skills such as CPR. The course was part of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) HeartStart scheme which is run locally through a partnership between Five Villages First Responders and Misterton Fire Station.

Twenty three members of the local community attended the training on Wednesday 6th and Thurday 7th April at the Gringley on the Hill Community Centre.

The HeartStart training gives those who attend a chance to learn and practice skills including how to perform CPR and use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), what to do if someone is choking, and how to deal with someone suffering a heart attack or a severe bleed.

These skills can save lifes in the first vital seconds and minutes after someone suffers a medical emergency. Community First Responders from the Five Villages First Responders team and Firefighters from Misterton Fire Station run these courses on a regular basis, free of charge and anyone is welcome to attend. See here for more information about HeartStart Misterton.
By Martyn Johnson 24 Jan, 2016
Two kind hearted local residents have yet again raised money for the local Five Villages First Responder team by lighting up their home with hundreds of festive lights over the Christmas period.

Sid and Sylvia Burgess of Grove Park, Misterton, decorate the outside of their home and front garden every year with a host of Christmas lights and decorations and collect donations for a nominated local charity or group.

Again this year they choose to donate the proceeds to the voluntary Five Villages First Responder group based in Misterton.

The responder group covers Misterton, West Stockwith, Beckingham, Walkeringham, Gringley on the Hill and surrounding villages and works in partnership with East Midlands Ambulance Service. They can give care to patients suffering from medical emergency following a 999 call until the arrival of the ambulance.

The group is self funding and relies on fund raising and donations to pay for some of the equipment and running costs of this rural scheme. Coordinator Martyn Johnson said: “We are hugely grateful to Sid and Sylvia for their hard work and for choosing the proceeds of their festive fund raising to be donated to us again this year. The grand total was an amazing amount of £351.50, and we are very grateful to them both for their ongoing support and to all those who visited the lights and donated.”

Sid was recognised recently by Misterton Parish Council for his charity work and was presented with the “Citizen of the Year” award.
By Martyn Johnson 11 Oct, 2015
Big thanks to Misterton Gala for their donation from funds raised at the 2015 Gala. Pictured is Colin from Five Villages First Responders, along with representatives from other local good causes receiving their cheques from members of the Gala Committee. Big thanks for your continued support.
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