East Farndon has a Defibrillator that is located on the wall outside the Village Hall.

Our unit is a portable, Semi-Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) that is especially designed for people with little or no medical background. In the event of an emergency, always call 999 and follow the instructions from your local ambulance service. If you need to access the Defibrillator, simply pull the plastic tag to break it off, then rotate the cabinet housing to the left.

The Village Hall is located on Main Street, pretty much in the middle of the Village, at postcode LE16 9SH or what3words location ///spaces.amending.cheesy

If coming down the hill on Main Street, the Village Hall is on your right, approx 100 yards past the War Memorial / Back Lane turning. If coming up the hill on Main Street, the Village Hall is on your left, but if you get to the War Memorial / Back Lane turning, then you have gone too far.

Please note: if the Defibrillator is deployed, please email Mervyn Curtis or Caroline Burton so that the unit can be checked and placed back in service asap.

Our Village Defibrillator is checked regularly by members of the Parish Council and it is supported by the Community Heartbeat Trust. You can find lots of information about this important lifesaving equipment by visiting their website at: www.communityheartbeat.org.uk

Our Defibrillator is on the National Defibrillator Database and has been since installation. East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) can decide to alter the defibrillator activation radius (normally 500m) for linear villages. They have reviewed East Farndon and have widened our radius to cover a bigger area, so all the houses in East Farndon are covered, apart from the houses around Harts Lane on Marston Road.

This means that if a resident within this new radius calls 999 in an emergency then EMAS will see on their system the Defibrillator at the Village Hall. Prior to this it would only have shown for those within 500m of the Village Hall. The emergency operator will be the one making the decision at the time whether to go and get the defibrillator or not, based on the situation.

A Defibrillator is a computerised medical device that delivers an electrical current through the chest which aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm allowing it to pump again. Rapid response using automated technology can significantly improve the quality of life of a survivor, as the longer the brain is starved of oxygen, the more damage that can occur. An AED is a portable Defibrillator especially designed for people with little or no medical background. 

When applied to the victim, voice commands, and screen messages will guide the user step-by-step through the process and its intelligent technology will only allow it to shock a ‘shockable’ heart rhythm. AED technology opens a window for the public to take on a key role to support the emergency services, who would otherwise be hindered by the time it takes to reach the victim. It is argued that AEDs should be as broadly deployed as fire extinguishers and first aid kits.

Click this link below to read a comprehensive article on how defibrillators work, from the Community Heartbeat Trust.

By clicking the link below, you can view a video that provides guidance of how to use an AED and demonstrates how to deliver CPR.

East Farndon Defibrillator – recent training event

Many thanks to Elaine Pepler for organising the Defibrillator Training that took place in the Village Hall on 2nd March 2022. The event was well attended and our instructor, Alan from the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust, was superb. He passed on his excellent expertise in a fun, practical and engaging manner and this was appreciated by everyone.

The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust has been set up to break the “silence” on SADS, (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome) and to create a new generation of young lifesavers and inspire young people. The Trust was set up after the tragic loss of Joe Humphries who died while out jogging with his friend in October 2012. If you would like to make a donation, please click the link below.