A new heart defibrillator has been installed in Keynsham thanks to funding secured by local councillor Alan Hale.
The potentially life-saving device has been installed at the rank of shops on Queens Road in the town, next to the Community At 67 community centre. The defibrillator has been paid for using funding from Councillor Hale’s discretionary councillors’ community budget.
Automated defibrillators like the one installed on Queens Road are designed for use by members of the public during emergencies when somebody suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, guiding the user through the process with verbal instructions and visual prompts. By providing a high energy electric shock the defibrillator can restore the heart’s normal rhythm in the critical first moments after somebody suffers a cardiac arrest before an ambulance arrives.
Councillor Alan Hale (Cons, Keynsham South) said:
“I am pleased to be able to provide this potentially life-saving facility for the community I represent, though it is a facility that I hope and pray no-one will have a need to access. I am grateful to At 67 for their help and support in positioning this defibrillator on their premises. We are also now seeking a location on the Federated estate for a second defibrillator in the area.”