Demonstration gives glimpse at how to save lives

Pictured at the defibrillator demonstration are : back row North East Ambulance's (NEA) Alex Wheeler , Tom Scott chairman of Shilbottle PC, Clive Setter of AED Locator, fund chairman Scott McEwan, front NEA's Paul Brolly and Daniel Carey.
Pictured at the defibrillator demonstration are : back row North East Ambulance's (NEA) Alex Wheeler , Tom Scott chairman of Shilbottle PC, Clive Setter of AED Locator, fund chairman Scott McEwan, front NEA's Paul Brolly and Daniel Carey.

Villagers have been given a special demonstration on how to use a piece of life-saving equipment, which has been purchased by a memorial fund.

The session, in Shilbottle Sports and Social Club on Tuesday, gave residents vital information about the community’s new defibrillator, which sends a shock to the heart when someone is having cardiac arrest.

Through donations, The Stephen Carey Fund has been able to purchase two of these machines.

Coming with a CPR advisor, the top-of-the-range kit gives easy-to-understand visual and voice prompts to guide the user through the entire process.

Each defibrillator will be kept in a HeartSafe public access cabinet.

One is to be sited by Shilbottle’s chemist and the other will be located at Alnwick Cricket Club.

Clive Setter, of AED Locator, which supplied the equipment, said: “This is a top-of-the-range defibrillator.

“Without a defibrillator and good CPR, there is about a three or four per cent chance of survival. But with a defibrillator and good CPR, and by getting to the patient within seven or eight minutes, then you can get a 50 to 70 per cent success rate.”

The North East Ambulance Service will run familiarisation sessions later in the summer.