DOBCROSS has notched up the installation of its fourth life-saving defibrillator.
The new machine is located at the rear of the Navigation Inn car park at Wool Road, and will be available for use by the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The bright yellow machine is the latest in the village’s network which includes others inside the red BT telephone box at Ladcastle Road, and outside The Swan Inn, which both have 24-hour access.
There is also a defibrillator at the Dobcross Band and Social Club members’/games room on Platt Lane, with access only during opening hours.
Paul Clegg, chair of Dobcross Village Community (DVC) met with The Navigation’s landlady Sue Ellis to examine the new machine.
He said: “We are grateful to both Sue and her husband Mark at The Navigation and also to the brewery for unhesitatingly agreeing to the installation.
“The defibrillator is jointly funded by the North West Ambulance Service and the DVC and while we all hope there will be no need for its use, it is reassuring to know with each installation, we are all just that bit closer to a defibrillator.
“The DVC is in the process of arranging demonstration sessions to familiarise people with defibrillator use and CPR.”
Once sessions are arranged, details of dates, times and locations will be posted in the Dobcross Diary so people can register to attend.
Sue, who has run The Navigation with Mark for 14 years, said: “We are delighted to be play our part in the community.”
North West Ambulance Service is urging any local organisations or charities who would like to develop an accessible AED scheme to get in touch with their Cardiac Smart Team or if you already a defibrillator to register it. Find out more online: www.cardiacsmart.nwas.nhs.uk