(March 2020) Village defibrillators

Wall-mounted defibrillatorCardiac Arrest can happen to anyone – even in the Sibfords! Save a life! When it happens having someone on hand who knows how to perform CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and use a defibrillator is critical and can save life. In the UK over 30,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of the hospital environment every year and currently less than 1 in 10 survive.

In Norway where CPR is taught to everyone at school, 1 in 4 people survive. If we can achieve the same survival rates in the UK we could save almost 5000 lives a year.

The Parish Councils of the Ferris and the Gower have therefore come together to provide defibrillators in both villages and will be supporting training using the South Central Ambulance service.

One defibrillator is already installed at the Sibford School through the good efforts of Sibford School. Work is progressing the defibrillator in the Gower in the Village Hall.

However many people tell us they would not be confident in the use of CPR and would like to be trained in the defibrillator use. Local sessions have already been held in Hook Norton, Adderbury and Chipping Norton. Shortly we want to make these available in the Sibfords.

We want to hold sessions in Sibford School, the Primary School and the Village Hall. Dates will be advertised in the next Scene as well as on the website and council notice board, after close liaison with the parties concerned.

John Wass
Hugh Pigeon
Sibford Ferris & Sibford Gower Parish Councils