Lifesaving equipment 
installed in Braunston

Andrew Alsop stands next to the new defibrillator outside the village shop is run by Jay Odedra.

Andrew Alsop stands next to the new defibrillator outside the village shop is run by Jay Odedra.

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Equipment which could make the difference between life and death for critically ill people is now available in Braunston village centre.

A defibrillator, with voice and text instructions allowing it to be used without training, was installed after parish council member Andrew Alsop attended a DDC presentation on the equipment six months ago.

When used quickly, defibrillators can save the lives of patients with cardiac problems such as heart attacks.

Just a few minutes waiting for a paramedic can be fatal.

“I asked the parish council if they were interested and they were unanimous we should have one in the village,” Mr Alsop said. Funds for the equipment, which cost in the region of £2,000, were contributed by the parish council and the British Heart Foundation, while county councillor Malcom Longley also donated a portion of council discretionary funds available to him.

Mr Alsop said he wished to thank East Midlands Ambulance Service and the Fire Service who helped the council obtain the equipment and helped with training.

The defibrillator is located outside the village shop, opposite the community cafe.

Mr Alsop said: “We just hope it never needs to be used, but if needed it will be available to both people in the village as well as the many tourists who come here.”