Knodishall villagers trained on how to use life-saving defibrillator

New defibrillator arrives in Knodishall. Picture: GREGG BROWN

New defibrillator arrives in Knodishall. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

A potentially life-saving device has been installed in a Suffolk village through a national funding scheme.

Knodishall, near Leiston, was awarded a defibrillator through a British Heart Foundation initiative, funded by the Department of Health.

The device, which can resuscitate patients following a heart attack, has been installed at Crisps Paramount Garage – a location chosen to be accessible to villagers in an emergency.

Knodishall Parish Council held a drop in centre in the village hall on Saturday when Carl Carrington of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust explained how to recognise signs of a cardiac arrest, carry out CPR and use the defibrillator.

Council chairman John Staff said: “We are grateful to everyone who has made this possible including our district councillors for funding an exterior cabinet, Crisps Garage for allowing it such a prominent position and G Knights Electrical for help with installation.”

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