Defibrillators for Newhaven
Last year’s Town Mayor, Councillor Steve Saunders raised over £6,600 through tea dances, quizzes and a Gala Dinner to enable him to purchase five defibrillators to be installed in sites across Newhaven to help save lives.
The defibrillators have been presented to Sainsburys, Tates Garden Paradise, the Hillcrest Community Centre, the RNLI Station and Newhaven Fort.
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. The ones in Newhaven are public access defibrillators and are in public locations where lots of people gather so that anyone can use them in an emergency. The machine gives clear spoken instructions and you don’t need training to use one. The defibrillator detects the heart’s rhythm and it won’t deliver a shock unless one is needed.
A short film showing how a defibrillator works can be viewed on the British Heart Foundation website www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health