Timberscombe’s Defibrillator is located in the old telephone box in The Glebe.
The Postcode of The Glebe is TA24 7TS.
You will find the defibrillator in a green box inside the telephone kiosk.
To open the green box you MUST first call 999
to get the box code and call an ambulance.
How to use a defibrillator
Defibrillators are very easy to use. Although they don’t all look the same, they all function in broadly the same way. The machine gives clear spoken instructions. You can not do any harm by using the defibrillator, the defibrillator will calculate if a shock is necessary or not. You don’t need training to use one but regular training is always helpful. The training includes basic CPR which everyone should know.
Watch this British heart Foundation video to learn how a defibrillator works.
- If you come across someone who is not breathing or breathing erratically, the most important thing is to call 999 and start CPR to keep the blood flowing around the body. After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 per cent.
- If you’re on your own, don’t interrupt the CPR to go and get a defibrillator. If it’s possible, send someone else to find one. When you call 999, the operator can tell you if there’s a public access defibrillator nearby.
- Once the defibrillator is open and in position, all you have to do is follow the spoken instructions. Many defibrillators will also have diagrams or a screen to help you. The defibrillator detects the heart’s rhythm, it won’t deliver a shock unless one is needed.
- Often you’ll need to press the shock button although some fully automatic defibrillators will deliver the shock themselves. You should resume CPR as soon as instructed by the defibrillator.
Learn CPR with our Heartstart courses
Heartstart courses teach you CPR and other emergency life saving skills. They are free to attend. There are over 1,700 Heartstart schemes across the UK supported by the British Heart Foundation.
Timberscombe Parish Council organises regular Defibrillator Courses but if you can not attend, or wish to find out more about getting involved with Heartstart see the How to Save a Life page on their website. Other nearby villages may also allow you to attend one of their training courses.