Welwyn Village now has an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) located outside Barclays Bank in Church Street. This is accessible 24/7 to anyone witnessing a person in cardiac arrest (or having a suspected heart attack) and will significantly increase the chance of saving their life before Paramedics arrive.
If you are in this situation:
Go to the AED cabinet outside Barclays
The Ambulance Operator will give you the code to open the cabinet door so you can retrieve the AED and at the same time will despatch medical help
Take it to the patient and follow the easy video and audio instructions on the AED unit
You cannot harm someone in error; if they are not actually in cardiac arrest (heart attack) the AED will not shock them!
Clearly, despite the designed ease of use, it is important that local people should familiarise themselves where the AED is sited, so that in an emergency they are in a strong position to advise and help visitors to Welwyn’s retail centre. Despite the ease of use of this equipment, extra training will be provided in due course for interested and concerned local people,.
You too can Help!
Please pass the message on.
Tell people where the defibrillator is sited.
Tell people to be confident and use it in an emergency.
Tell people that they will be given clear instructions.
As a result of an initiative and fund raising jointly by St Mary’s Church and the Welwyn Parish Plan Action Group, an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) has now been installed in Welwyn High Street, and will soon be commissioned into service for the community.
The AED is designed to be used by anyone who witnesses someone in cardiac arrest in conjunction with calling 999.
Four Welwyn businesses have actively contributed as sponsors: Putterills, Neel Dentistry, Mimram Vets and Susu, along with many very generous individual benefactors.
The Welwyn Wailers also gave a substantial donation from their 2016 ‘Wail’.
More details, including instructions in the use of the AED, will be issued on the WPAG website as soon as the AED is commisioned and ready for service.
A Second defibrillator planned.
The Welwyn Parish Plan Action Group is well on the way to raising sufficient funds for a second AED for the civic parish of Welwyn and the project team will meet in early July 2016 to debate where it should be located.