We are pleased to report that we have had an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) installed in the porch at the side entrance to Portway House.
The AED is registered with the ambulance service for public use. This means that anyone within 200m of Portway House who dials 999 for an ambulance (and where there may be a benefit from the use of a defibrillator) will be directed to the AED and given a code to open the lockable safe that houses it. All local business have been informed that the AED is available for emergency use at Portway House.
Evidence suggests that where AEDs have been used, the outcomes for an individual who has had a heart attack are far more favourable than when treatment is delayed until the arrival of the emergency services.
We also have an AED training module, so that our trained First Aiders will have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the AED if they so wish. The training module can also be taken on First Aider/refresher courses for training purposes.
We would like to thank the South Portway Management Committee for part funding the AED.
By Alan Spooner, Facilities Officer