Keston Village Hall owns and maintains an AED. This is situated in a cabinet in the porch outside the main door. It is situated here so that it can be accessed easily by any member of the public- no key or codes are required to open the cabinet to access it.
An AED is a simple piece of equipment which is easy to use to aid in resuscitation following a suspected heart attack.
When a person has a sudden cardiac arrest their heart can’t beat properly and they won’t be able to breathe normally.
A defibrillator (AED) gives a jolt of energy to the heart and gets it beating again.
It is a simple piece of equipment to use and does not require training.
Remove the defibrillator from the canvas bag. When you open the defibrillator by lifting the lid it provides clear instructions and talks you through what you need to do.
A defibrillator will not harm the person suffering a cardiac arrest and will only give them a shock if it is needed. There is no reason to be nervous about using it- it could save someone’s life.
A small kit containing scissors and disposable gloves is in the back pocket of the canvas bag.
Our defibrillator is also registered with The Circuit (part of the British Heart Foundation) which ensures that the Ambulance Service know its location.
The defibrillator is checked regularly to ensure that it is always ready to use in a medical emergency-guardians of our defibrillator are two of our trustees Karen Smithson and Jenny Leng. For any matters relating to the defibrillator please call Tina on tel: 01689 602993.
There is a second defibrillator in Keston which is located at in the doorway of the Greyhound Public House.