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12th May 2015
Heartstart Thatcham have been working with Kennet School and were recently able to donate to them a defibrillator.  A defibrillator is a device that is used on a person who is in cardiac arrest.  A cardiac arrest, which is different to a heart attack, is where the heart is no longer pumping blood around the body.  This requires immediate CPR and where possible the use of a defibrillator; performing CPR and using a defibrillator together increase the chance of survival significantly.  No training is requred to use the device and it cannot be misused.  The defibrillator will deliver a shock t
12th May 2015
Heartstart Thatcham has just celebrated training their 200th person. The training session on Saturday 18th April saw 11 people learning Emergency Life Support (ELS) skills.
24th March 2015
The announcement in the budget that “The government will provide £1 million in 2015-16 to the Department of Health to incentivise the purchase of defibrillators for use in public places, and provide training on how to use the equipment.” is fantastic news and a good step forward. It will save lives. However if a defibrillator and cabinet cost £2000 then that would only cover 500 devices.
25th February 2015
The Heartstart Thatcham Defibrillator team installed their fourth Public Access Defibrillator recently at Holybrook.  The device has been installed as a result of a partnership between Heartstart Thatcham, West Berkshire Council, West berkshire Neighbourhood Wardens and Holybrook Parsih Council. The defibrillator and has been placed on the side of Parish Office and is available 24/7.  The code to access it will be given out by South Central Ambulance Service when necessary. 
25th February 2015
The Heartstart Thatcham Defibrillator team unveiled their latest Public Access Defibrillator on Friday 20th February in memory of Kenneth Rutt.  The defibrillator team, which includes Nick Young (Heartstart Thatcham scheme Coordinator), John Smart (Thatcham Rotary Club), Mel Alexander (Thatcham Town Council), Caroline Booth (West Berkshire Council) and Naomi Mildenhall (Thatcham Neighbourhood Wardens) have already deployed defibrillators at Henwick Worth Sports Field and Kennet Shoping Centre.

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