New defibrillator installed in Haverhill

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Haverhill’s health infrastructure is improving with the installation of the town’s first public access defibrillator at Haverhill rugby club.

Haverhill Community First Responders was approved a £2,000 grant from ONE Haverhill to buy a defibrillator and cabinet in which to mount it on an outside wall at Haverhill Rugby Club in Castle Playing Fields.

David Halsey, chairman of the Haverhill Community First Responders, said: “Obviously, the more we have in town, the better chance we have of being able to help someone.”

More public defibrillators are planned for the health centre in the Recreation Ground and other town centre locations including, possible, outside the police station.

Mr Halsey said: “We are very pleased because we started out just trying to get one in the town centre and it’s just snowballed from there. There has been so much public support”

The defibrillators can be accessed by members of the public in an emergency. The cabinet can be opened using a special code that can be obtained over the phone if needed.

The operative on the phoneline will then talk the person through how to use the equipment and help them to administer the potentially life saving treatment.

The defibrillator can also be accessed and used by trained first responders living in the community, who are often the first on the scene at emergency situations.