Three defibrillators are now (2021) in place across West Moors in readily accessible locations.
Outside Spar/PO and the Memorial Hall ... and soon outside St. Anthony's RC church
The Spar / PO unit is located on the external wall of the store on Station Road & the Memorial Hall unit is prominently placed on the external front wall of the Hall. I don't have the precise location of the unit at St. Anthony's church (in Pinehurst Road).
The first two units were donated by Wimborne & Ferndown Lions Club. The St. Anthony's unit was funded through a fundraising (Gofundme) activity, parishioner donations and a generous contribution from the Town Council.
These units will be of benefit both to residents & the many visitors who walk & cycle through the area.
The Spar / PO unit was installed in autumn 2015, that at the Memorial Hall has been active from late summer 2016, and St. Anthony's from autumn 2021 [ * ].
[ *There is also a defibrillator within the Tesco Express store on Park Way ]
The units are known as automated external defibrillators (AED) and they are a portable device that check the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal pattern of activity. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest which is a condition where the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops. Once access is gained to the unit (after dialling 999 - the operator will give instructions on how to open the casing & what the access code is), the machine will give audible instructions on its use.