A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. For more detailed information refer to the British Heart Foundation website.
Sway is fortunate enough to have two publicly accessible Defibrillators sited within the village. There are a further two portable defibrillators in the equipment carried by the Lymington and Sway community First Responders who will often be first on the scene following a 999 emergency call.
Clearly in the event of a cardiac emergency, always call 999 immediately. After that it is vital to administer correct first aid quickly if at all possible.
Lymington and Sway community First Responders will often be on the scene quickly following the 999 call with a portable defibrillator, but in case of any delay, use of one of the Public Access Defibrillators could make all the difference. Knowing the location of the nearest defibrillator and how to gain access to it is therefore highly important.
If you are the person performing CPR, send someone else to collect the nearest accessible defibrillator.
Note that only the one at Jubilee Field Pavilion is accessible at all times day and night.
Click on the thumbnail below to see the locations (circled in red) of the two Public Access Defibrillators.
The defibrillator at Jubilee Field Pavilion is located inside the green box on the outside wall of the Pavilion building next to the main entrance:
Being on the outside wall of the pavilion, it can be easily accessed at any time day or night. It is in a locked case so to gain access you will need to phone the emergency services on 999 and ask the operator for the unlock code for defibrillator AE44. Then punch the code that you are given into the keypad and turn the handle to open the case and remove the defibrillator.
Jubilee Field Pavilion
The defibrillator at Sway Village Hall is located within the main hall by the emergency exit to the left of the stage.
If the Village Hall is closed, you will need to obtain a key, otherwise you should collect the defibrillator at Jubilee Field Pavilion.
Other defibrillators are carried by the Lymington and Sway community First Responders. These specially trained volunteers respond to 999 calls with South Central Ambulance Service in Lymington, Sway, Boldre and surrounding parishes.