Wednesday, 18 January 2017

SWASFT award night

Ken Wenman Chief Executive of South Western Ambulance presents the community award to Ian and Maggie

Kate Fisher (left) Assistant Community Responder Officer  (Dorset) put the partnership forward for the award to recognise the work in providing community defibrillators.
Dave Tolman Responder Manager (Right)

Monday, 16 January 2017

Its not just putting up cabinets

For the general public the cabinets and devices are the only physical feature of the partnership, behind the scenes there has to be a lot of work to get the cabinets where they are.

From fund raising, planning permissions, product research, resuscitation guidelines, asset management to our education programme all have to recorded and managed.

Over the coming weeks we will explain the work the partnership has undertaken to provide these lifesaving devices for the community.

The work here in Swanage has also created interest from other towns and villages so we are proud of what we have achieved with the help of a lot of people.


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Getting Assistance

On our recent workshops , we go through how to obtained access to the cabinets that are around the town.

For those who haven't attended a workshop, it works like this

When  a call to 999 (AMBULANCE) is made and the caller is asked if the patient is experiencing any of the following;

Cardiac Arrest
Chest Pain
Shortness of breath

If the answer is Yes to any of the above, the caller is asked if it would take longer than one minute to fetch the unit and return to the incident / patient.

If the answer is No (to take one minute) the caller is advised to collect the device themselves , if they are able and willing.

If however , it would take longer than a minute , the caller is asked is there anyone else that could go and get it.

The caller may not be advised to collect the device if its more than  200 metres away or the patient isn't experiencing any of the above symptoms.

The ambulance call handler will then give the code for the cabinet

The ambulance call handler will stay on the line with the caller to advise on the correct CPR procedure, and to reassure them until help arrives.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Defibrillator Workshop at Chococo

Swanage Community Defibrillator Partnership is holding a practical defibrillator workshop at Chococo in Commercial Road tomorrow morning (9th January)  10.00am to midday.
One the partnership guardians works in the "chocolate house" and we are grateful for the support of Andy, Claire and the staff for allowing us to hold a workshop and for having one of our collection tins.
If you have 10 minutes to spare tomorrow pop in upstairs and have a practise and learn about the work of the partnership in Swanage and local community. 

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Monday, 28 November 2016

Costcutter Device Goes Live

We had confirmation this morning that the registration process for the cabinet and device at Cost Cutters in the High street had been completed.

South Western Ambulance now have this device registered for use.

If you think someone is suffering a cardiac arrest , call 999 and ask for Ambulance.

The Ambulance Operator will give you advice and may ask if there is anyone available to go to one of your nearest cabinets to get the defibrillator.

The Ambulance Service will give you the code to open the cabinet.

Want to know more ?  Look out on these pages for future awareness workshops the partnership run.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Next new cabinet arrives

The next new cabinet was installed this morning at Cost Cutter in the high street.

There is still some electrical work to do before the cabinet will be registered with the Ambulance Service.

The partnership would like to thank the Tomes family for their support and agreement to allow the cabinet to be placed in this key location.