In any medical emergency, first call 999.

If appropriate, send someone to get the defibrillator from the locked cabinet on the outside of the Village Hall.

The code is C159X

When you open the defibrillator, it will talk to you and give clear instructions what to do.

You do not need to be medically trained to use a defibrillator.

If you wish you can go and practise unlocking the cabinet, If you have difficulty opening the cabinet call 07802 748401 but do not practise opening the defibrillator as this will flatten the battery.

If you don’t know anyone nearby, contact the parish council and we will attempt to set you up with someone you can call in an emergency that lives close to the defibrillator and can collect it for you in an emergency.

There are three things to remember, dial 999 , C159X to unlock cabinet, or phone 07866 496126 or 07754 542722 or 07802 748401 for someone to collect defibrillator.

The code can also be obtained by dialling 999 (the postcode for the Village Hall is SN4 7PX).

More detailed guidance

The village defibrillator is in a locked yellow cabinet which is attached to the outside wall of the Village Hall, to the right of the entrance door. The box is locked and the code that unlocks it is C159X – following which turn the black handle anti-clockwise to open the cabinet door.  In the event of a mistake in entering the code, just start again with C (pressing C resets the locking mechanism).

Residents are encouraged to make a separate note of the code for ready access – whilst keeping it safe to safeguard the defibrillator from vandalism or theft.

The defibrillator is registered with the South Western Ambulance Service, however they will only advise callers to go to the one at the Village Hall and give you the code if you are within a certain distance of it. If you have forgotten the code someone would have to go to the Hall dial 999 again for SWA Service to tell you the code to unlock the box.

If you are able to administer CPR you should do so, and it is advisable to call someone else to go and fetch the defibrillator or phone.

Inside the cabinet the defibrillator is hanging on a hook.  A pack behind the defibrillator containing mouth guard, scissors, razor (to shave hairy chests) disposable gloves, is also available for use.

The defibrillator is straightforward to operate: just open it and follow the voice instructions.  Every time the defibrillator is opened it is a drain on the battery, so should only be used in an emergency.   If the defibrillator is used, it is essential that residents inform the parish council so the pads can be replaced.