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Evesham Town Council working in partnership with the Evesham Street Pastors and with New Homes Bonus funding from Wychavon District Council have installed three new defibrillators around Evesham town centre.  A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it's an essential part in trying to save the life of someone who’s in cardiac arrest.

 The defibrillators were purchased through Worcestershire charity, Droitwich AED, who used their expertise to assist the project.  The defibrillators that have been purchased are recommended by the West Midlands Ambulance Service.  The three defibrillators are accessible 24 hours a day but require an access code that is given to you when you call the emergency services.  Once accessed the devices are mobile so can be transported to the location of the patient.  The defibrillators talk the user through what to do so you need no training.   The defibrillators are located at:

  • Evesham Market Place – in the old phone box to the side of Orto Lounge
  • Wallace House, Oat Street – exterior wall of Wallace House
  • Evesham Methodist Church, Bridge Street – exterior wall of the church

In addition, as part of this project, Rooftop Housing are installing a defibrillator to the external wall of their office building on the High Street.  This will provide further coverage in the town centre.

When selecting the locations, we wanted to ensure that they would have 24-hour access, an electricity source and to try and get the best coverage of the town centre and Port Street as could be achieved.  The permission of the building owners was also required.

Cllr Sue Amor Mayor of Evesham said “working with the Street Pastors and with funding from Wychavon District Council and the Town Council we have provided these defibrillators for the community.  We hope they never have to be used, but if they do, they require no training as it talks you through what to do.  These are potential lifesavers and we are proud to have provided them”.

Cllr Ged Bearcroft Chairman of Wychavon District Council’s (WDC) Communities and Funding Advisory Panel “WDC have given town and parish councils access to New Homes Bonus funding and it is good to see it being spent on these potentially life saving projects.  As an Evesham resident I am especially pleased to see these devices in the town”.

Evesham Town Council will be responsible for the maintenance of these defibrillators and Rooftop for the one that will be located outside their office.

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