´╗┐Community Partnership to Save Lives

The Parish of Ashtead have joined with Mole Valley District Council, the Ashtead Residents’ Association and the South East Coast Ambulance Service, to install a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD), at the St George's Christian Centre, Ashtead. The unit will be available 24 hours a day in a secure box on the wall outside of the church, at the junction of Barnett Wood Lane and Oakfield Road.

All the Public Access Defibrillators are fully automatic and provide audible step by step instructions which enable even untrained people to use it. If a life threatening incident occurs, the Ambulance 999 operator will direct anyone how to access and use the Defibrillator, as part of carrying out emergency resuscitation, until an ambulance arrives.

David Fanthorpe (Wellbeing Manager) from Mole Valley Council, who funded the unit, said 'We are keen to see as many Defibrillators as possible in every community in the District and are very grateful to the Ashtead Residents Association for funding the installation and to Ashtead Parish for hosting it. We now have a total of 43 PAD’s located throughout Mole Valley, with several more to be installed in the near future.’

The statistics for heart attacks in the UK are alarming, with around 57,000 ‘out of hospital’ cardiac arrests occurring in the UK each year. Sadly about a third of these people will die before reaching hospital, but early defibrillation is so important, as it can triple a victims chance of survival.

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Photo shows the Rev Nico Hilding Ohlsson receiving the defibrillator from David Fanthorpe, with Murray Clark from SECAM and the team from Ashtead Parish and Ashtead Residents’ Association (Chrissy Kerton & Glynis Peterkin), who made it happen.