Buckinghamshire Building Society has recently installed a fully automatic defibrillator in Chalfont St Giles village on the wall of their office.
Chief Executive, Andrew Craddock unveiled the defibrillator with Gordon Patrick, Chairman of Chalfont St Giles Parish Council. Gordon explained “The funding of a defibrillator on the high street is a valuable community asset - it is our sincere wish that it will never be needed, but the fact that it is there is very reassuring”
Andrew commented “This was a chance for the Bucks to offer something to the people of Chalfont St Giles that could potentially save lives Many of our members and staff are local residents and the Society has a strong sense of belonging to the area and we aim to support and participate in the community as much as we can.” explained Andrew
The use of a defibrillator or CPR is an essential lifesaving step in the chain of survival. The Resuscitation Council suggest that with early bystander use of a defibrillator, survival rates for a cardiac arrest can rise as high as 50%-70% when used within 3-5 mins of collapse. With the automatic defibrillator no training is necessary. All that is required is to call 999, receive a code for the cabinet and attach the two adhesive pads then follow the audio commands. The defibrillator then detects when the shock should be administered.