Box clever and help save lives

(L ' R): Joan and Mike Mason with their certificates and David and Jackie Hutchinson of the Queens Head, Glanton, who have agreed to host and sponsor the power supply needed to maintain the public access defibrillator.'Photo credit; Tony Meikle
(L ' R): Joan and Mike Mason with their certificates and David and Jackie Hutchinson of the Queens Head, Glanton, who have agreed to host and sponsor the power supply needed to maintain the public access defibrillator.'Photo credit; Tony Meikle

LIFE-SAVING equipment could be appearing in a phone box in Alnwick thanks to BT.

Defibrillators are appearing across north Northumberland to help bridge the time-critical gap between a heart attack and paramedics arriving.

Now Alnwick Town Council has been told that BT is willing to pay for the equipment to be installed in their telephone boxes, which are being decommissioned, and for them to be maintained for seven years.

Lynsey McCabe from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) gave a presentation to last week’s meeting.

Councillors heard that when dialling 999, a caller would be told that there is a defibrillator nearby and given a code to use it.

The location proposed for Alnwick would be on Cedar Grove.

A decision is to be made at next month’s meeting of the town council.

Defibrillators have already been put in place in Powburn, Whittingham and Glanton, where a familiarisation session was held on Monday.

iMembers of the NEAS demonstrated, in a practical session with villagers, when and how the machines are used.

Joan and Mike Mason, who were instrumental in raising the funds for the three machines that enabled the scheme to go ahead, were awarded Ten Year Service Recognition certificates by the NEAS for all their efforts in Community First Responding and fund-raising.