New defibrillators will be installed at Wash Common and City Recreation Grounds
New sets of defibrillators have been installed by Newbury Town Council at the football changing rooms in both Wash Common Recreation Ground and City Recreation Ground.
The defibrillators will be available for public use 24 hours a day, seven days a week at both venues. The public will be able to access the devices via a code, given out by the South Central Ambulance Service, and they will be kept in a cabinet.
The cabinet containing the defibrillator will contain the device only and no other medical supplies.
A defibrillator is used to resuscitate someone who has gone into cardiac arrest. A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops pumping blood around the body, as opposed to a heart attack.
CPR and, if feasible, the use of a defibrillator are required for cardiac arrest victims; doing CPR and utilising a defibrillator will offer the victim the greatest possible chance of survival.
Newbury Town Council has been looking for new locations for extra defibrillators for community use and it wanted the devices to be accessible at any hour.
There are already defibrillators available at the tennis courts in Victoria Park and at The Wharf public toilets, which were installed last year.
Town council leader Martin Colston (Lib Dem, West Fields) said: “We felt there was a definite need at our recreation grounds for a defibrillator that could be accessed by the public 24 hours a day.
"These two areas are very popular, with regular football matches played each weekend throughout the season, and with the new facilities at City Rec it has become even more used by residents for exercise and play.
“You do not need any training to use the defibrillators – they are designed for public use.
"You cannot misuse them as they will deliver a shock to the casualty only if they need it; in other words, the device will not let you shock them unless they need a shock.
"The installations are part of an ongoing programme in the council’s strategy, as we work to make Newbury a town we can all be proud of.”