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Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) Locations in and around Heathfield
PADs are located as follows:
• The outside wall of the Heathfield Fire Station, High Street, Heathfield, TN21 0UP
• Heathfield Ambulance Station, Burwash Road, Heathfield, TN21 8RA
Heathfield Rugby Club, Hardy Roberts Recreational Ground, Cross-in-Hand, Heathfield, TN21 0QZ
• Red telephone box in The Street, Waldron (100 metres from The Star pub)
- White Horse Inn, Bodle Street Green, Hailsham, BN27 4RE
- Goward Hall, Cade Street
- Punnetts Town Village Hall, Flitterbrook Lane, Punnetts Town, heathfield, TN21 9PQ
- Osborne House, Rushlake Green, Heathfield TN21 9QL
- Broad Oak Village Hall, Broad Oak
- Downwood Veterinary Centre, 6-8 High Street, Horam
- Five Ashes Inn, Five Ashes, Mayfield, TN20 6HY
- Most local doctors surgeries during their opening times
- Woodhill Surgery, Station Road, Mayfield TN20 6BW
- In, on or near the Mayfield Memorial Hall, Tunbridge Wells Road, Mayfield TN20 6BW
There are, hopefully, going to be more installed in the surrounding villages. These PADs speak when opened and are easy to use. The First Aid principles are as follows:
1. If someone drops dead (no pulse, obvious breathing, awareness or movement), lie the 'victim' flat on their back on a hard surface. Shout for help.
2. Start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) = firm compression of the centre of the chest with the palm of one hand on top of the back of the other hand, 100 times a minute.
3. Get someone else to ring 999 or 112 for the emergency ambulance service and advise the operator of the location (the operator will know the site of the nearest PAD).
4. Get someone else to collect the defibrillator (the PAD) and open it when at the scene. It takes a few moments to power up.
5. Apply the two defibrillator pads (adhesive squares) to the chest (centre and left side) as directed by the voice instructions issued by the defibrillator and also depicted diagrammatically.
6. Proceed as directed by the defibrillator. Continue CPR if pulse not restored (defibrillator will advise if there is a heart rhythm). Hand over to the professionals when they arrive (should be within eight minutes).
7. Life saved!
The siting of the defibrillators and their availability is, of course, separate from the Heathfield and Waldron First Responder scheme as such. This scheme ensures the fastest attendance possible at the scene by a trained individual (whether Responder or ambulance Paramedic) in possession of a defibrillator which he or she brings with them having been advised by the ambulance service of the location of a potentially life-threatening (Category A) incident. I am happy to give a talk about it all to any group that wishes and have done so a number of times. The more publicity the better!
Demonstrations of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are also planned so the public can have confidence in dealing with cardiac arrest (‘dropping dead’) and other emergencies whilst awaiting trained help. Manikins and training DVDs can be obtained from the British Heart Foundation (www.bhf.org) under its Nation of Lifesavers Call Push Rescue scheme – Call (shout for help), Push (continue chest compressions, 100 per minute) and Rescue with defibrillation (to restore the heart’s pumping action), though someone else should ring 999 (or 112) and get hold of a defibrillator as continuing chest compressions are crucial. Lives have been saved and will be saved.
Tim Williams, 01435 812273
Heathfield and Waldron First Responders
Late Chemists in the Heathfield Area
Pharmacy services after 5.30pm Monday – Friday will be available from pharmacies listed below:
5 High Street
Tel: 01435 812528
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 09.00 - 13.00 and 14.15 – 18.30
Wednesday and Saturday 09.00 -18.00
No Sunday service and closed bank holidays. Prescriptions via doctor.
St Deny’s Pharmacy
24 High Street
Tel: 01892 852352
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 09.00 – 18.00
Wednesday 09.00 – 13.00
Saturday 09.00 - 12.00
Buxted Medical Centre
Tel: 01825 732333
Monday to Friday 08.00 – 18.30
Unit 4 Fernbank Shopping Centre
Tel: 01892 664625
Monday to Friday 09.00 – 20.00
For further information about other pharmacy opening times in your area contact NHS 111 (dial 111) or NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
Hearing aid batteries are available on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month between 10.00am and 12.00noon at Heathfield Community Fire Station, Heathfield.