Lowestoft Town Council are pleased to announce that a new defibrillator has been installed at Gunton Drive Phone Kiosk. The siting of this defibrillator outside of the kiosk will enable the community to relaunch the Lending Library inside the phone box.
This defibrillator is one of many around Lowestoft. In the event of an emergency, please call 999 who will be able to advise where your closest defibrillator is and how to access it.
Using a Defibrillator
People are advised that the defibrillators are only to be used in an emergency and under instruction from 999/112. Advice from St John’s Ambulance is:
1. After performing a primary survey, and you find someone is unresponsive and not breathing normally, ask a helper to call 999 or 112 for emergency help while you start CPR. Ask a helper to find and bring a defibrillator, if available.
2. When the helper returns with a defibrillator, ask for it to be switched on and to take the pads out, while you continue CPR. They should remove or cut through clothing to get to the casualty's bare chest. They also need to wipe away any sweat. The defibrillator will give you voice prompts on what to do.
3. They should attach the pads to the casualty’s chest, by removing the backing paper. Apply the pads in the positions shown.
4. The defibrillator will analyse the heart’s rhythm. Stop CPR and make sure no one is touching the casualty. It will then give a series of visual and verbal prompts that should be followed.
5. If the casualty shows signs of becoming responsive, such as coughing, opening eyes or speaking, and starts to breathe normally, put them in the recovery position. Leave the defibrillator attached. Monitor their level of response and prepare to give CPR again if necessary.