defib-1This pioneering Outreach Program has introduced a community defibrillator network of ‘Public Access Defibrillators’ (PADs) at strategic locations across the town. Thanks to the Friends, Frome is the first town in the country to introduce such a comprehensive community-wide scheme. It allows 24/7 access to the PADs quickly in the event of a cardiac arrest situation.

The bright green wall-mounted units are located at: The Key Centre (The Mount), Cheese & Grain, Memorial Theatre, Rossetti House, Frome Fire Station, Merlin Theatre, Oakfield Academy, Frome Medical Practice (Enos Way), Locks Hill Medical Practice, Lloyds Pharmacy (Forest Road), Halfords (Wessex Fields), Frome Residents Centre (St John’s Road), Frome Railway Station, Ellenbray Press (Westway Precinct), Frome Flyer (Commerce Park)

And in the villages at: Chapmanslade (Three Horseshoes) Trudoxhill (White Hart), Standerwick (Carries Bowling Club), Corsley Heath (Royal Oak)

In the event of a cardiac arrest situation, access to a Community PAD unit is via a 999 call to the emergency services who will give the caller a four digit code to gain entry. They will also despatch a paramedic to the scene immediately

The defibrillator is the latest state-of-the-art technology, and is specifically designed for people who have little or no medical knowledge. It is vital that you take the unit as quickly to the patient as possible. Every minute counts. Be positive throughout the emergency.

Switch the unit on and it will give you voice prompts, and there are diagrams, for every stage of a recovery program. The 999 emergency operators will keep you on the line and will also offer advice until the paramedic or ambulance arrives.

Cardiac arrest happens to about 60,000 people a year. It can happen to anyone, of any age, anywhere. The Friends have created this comprehensive community network of defibrillators that will offer the best chance of recovery.