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Life saving defibrillator installed at Annahilt Care Home

29th September 2017

A portable defibrillator has been installed at Annahilt Care home after staff raised funds with a number of community events.

Annahilt Care Home is run by Four Seasons Health Care, and offers residential and early dementia care right in the heart of Anahilt village, and staff of the care home conceived the idea of installing a defibrillator and led the fundraising process. 

The defibrillator, which is located at the front of Annahilt Care Home is the first to be installed in the local area, and if it is ever required in an emergency, the ambulance dispatch service will give the access code and instruct the caller on how to safely use the equipment.

Staff from the care home had the idea to install a defibrillator in case of any emergency situation and earlier this year set about organising fundraising events. With the support of local business who donated prizes, they held a community raffle, and held a table quiz night in the Pheasant pub.

In total they raised £3000, which covered the purchase and installation of the defibrillator, as well as training for staff of the care home, staff from the local school, Anahilt Primary School, and a number of volunteers from the local community.

Speaking at the installation of the defibrillator, care home manager, Naomi Graham, said: "The portable defibrillator was invented by Professor Frank Pantridge - the Father of Emergency Medicine - who was from Hillsbourgh, not far from here, so it is fitting that we have been able to install this at the care home. The defibrillator is located on outside wall of the home and is linked to the ambulance service. If in an emergency someone in the community rings 999 and ambulance dispatch deems it necessary, they will tell them of the location of the defibrillator and the keycode to access it.

"We are delighted that the fundraising of the staff has been so successful and that we have been able to install a vital, potentially lifesaving, resource in Anahilt. The efforts that everyone involved went to make this a success were incredible, and we are grateful to the support given from the local community, business and Four Seasons Health Care. We are particularly grateful to Jock McGowan of Defibrillator Services NI who helped with the installation and training.”

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