The Heart Restarter

According to the statistics DEFIBRILLATION (using a “heart restarter”) is many times more effective than Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). So, how do we operate the defibrillators in those bright yellow boxes in Geldeston, Kirby Cane and now in Gillingham, as well?


There are now defibrillators in Geldeston, inside the old telephone box next to the Village Hall, and in Kirby Cane on the roadside wall of Kirby Cane Memorial Hall.

Leigh Farwell, who is responsible for the defibrillator in Geldeston, offers the following tips.

  1. If you suspect someone is having or has had a heart attack call 999 immediately and ask for the ambulance service,
  2. If you are unable to make the call yourself, get someone else to do so,
  3. The ambulance service operator will ask your location and tell you where the nearest defibrillator is located. They will give you the door code for the defibrillator cabinet,
  4. The operator will guide you step by step how to attend to the casualty.

And that is basically it.

Someone has suggested it might be a good idea to organise some more general First Aid training in our parishes, from St John’s Ambulance, for instance. What do other people think?

defibrillator (Kirby Cane hall)
AED (defibrillator) at Kirby Cane Hall