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Life-saving defibrillator installed at St Joseph's Care Home

Defibrillator at St Joseph's Care Home

Coleshill residents are set to benefit from a new, publicly available defibrillator that has been installed outside St Joseph’s Care Home.

The new equipment has been installed thanks to funding from Warwickshire County Council. It will be available to members of the community, and Father Hudson’s Care is offering training to Coleshill residents so they can confidently use it in emergencies.

Training on how to use the equipment will be delivered by local company, First Aid Corporate Training. The company will teach basic life support including use of the defibrillator to St Joseph’s staff as well as members of the local community. Co-owner of the company, Liz Porter, has a special connection to St Joseph’s as her mother is currently a resident at the home.

Liz said, “We’re really pleased to be working with Father Hudson’s Care to deliver this training. It’s such an amazing piece of equipment and it can make an unbelievable difference when delivering first aid. Whilst we hope this equipment never has to be used, it has the potential to save lives.”

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs 140,000 times a year in the UK and defibrillation is most effective when used within 4 minutes of the cardiac arrest. The new equipment could improve someone’s chances of surviving a heart attack by more than 75 percent.

Annie Frost, Deputy Care Home manager, said, “It is fantastic that we have this facility on-site for the wellbeing of our residents, but also that it is publicly available for everyone in Coleshill. It will mean that potentially life-saving care can be given by anyone before an ambulance can even arrive.”

Members of the local community are invited to register their interest for the training by contacting Annie on 01675 434092 or anniefrost@fatherhudsons.org.uk. Training will be delivered remotely, free of charge and will cover use of the defibrillator and basic life support skills.

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