Defib Unit – Locations and FAQ’s
Please find below the location of the public accessible 24 hours a day defib units (they are installed on external walls and so available 24 hours a day)
More defib units are in the village (within Chinnor Village Hall, C&PRR, Sanderum House) but the following are the ones CPC maintain and are on an external wall so 24 hour accessible.
Wheatsheaf public house, Oakley Road
White's Field Community Hall, Mill Lane
Chinnor Community Pavilion, Station Road
Chinnor Village Centre, High Street
The Inn at Emmington
Chilterns Conservation Board (90 Station Road)
The Peacock in Henton
Upper Farm in Henton
If you need to use the unit you must ring 999.
If a defib unit is required you do not need to know the exact location of the unit. You call 999 and the emergency services will direct you to the closest unit.
Chinnor Community First Responders run regular training sessions as required, but the emergency services talk you through the entire process so don't worry.
The ambulance service will direct you to the nearest unit, give you the access code to open the cupboard and then instruct you fully on usage instructions.
Contact the Chinnor First Responders through the Parish Council office – 01844 353267
These units are a lifesaver – one unit was deployed in White's Field a few months ago and saved a life – please respect these lifesaving units and be aware of the below FAQ:
How do I know where the defibrillators are?
Don't worry, the ambulance service control room knows where they are so you don't need to memorise their locations. Ambulance control will ask you if you are on your own or if there are other people present. Follow their instructions, if you are on your own they will tell you to start CPR If there is another person present and a defibrillator is indicated they will be directed to the nearest one and given the code to open the case. However, the decision to send you will be based on the fact that ambulance control will know your location, the location of the defibrillator and the location of the nearest responding resource such as a Community First Responder (who will have a defibrillator with them) an ambulance or rapid response vehicle. Depending on this information and the time and distances involved, ambulance control may suggest you wait for them to arrive.
How do I know how to work the defibrillator?
You don't need to. Once you have open the defibrillator it will tell you exactly what to do (in a very loud voice which can be quite alarming) Just follow its instructions, remember one of you at the incident will still be on the phone to control who will stay with you and give advice and support until help arrives.
If the patient comes round do we still need the ambulance?
Yes the person will still need to go to hospital so keep on the phone to the ambulance service.
Suppose I make a mistake and hurt the patient?
You will not do any harm to the patient. If their heart has stopped and they are not breathing, it can only get better. It is totally the responsibility of the defibrillator to assess for, and deliver the shock to the patient. When the Community First Responder arrives they will ask what happened and assess the situation. The best plan is to follow their instructions as they have a set protocol to follow but your personal expertise and knowledge will be respected and welcomed.