28.09.17 - Safety First at Ockbrook as School Raises Funds for Community Defibrillator

With thanks to the generosity of our fantastic staff, parents and pupils, we have raised over £1000 and purchased an on-site defibrillator that can also be used by the local community.

Ockbrook School Parents Association (OSPA) held a number of charity events raising funds towards the new defibrillator. It has now been installed on campus and registered with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) for public access in the event of a medical emergency.

Headmaster, Tom Brooksby says: “You never know when emergency medical equipment will need to be deployed – hopefully never. But having access to an on-site defibrillator will provide valuable time in the event it is needed. It is another example of our preparedness for all eventualities and is a community asset that adds to the tools available to the emergency services.”

Defibrillation is a procedure used to treat life threatening conditions that affect the rhythm of the heart. The procedure involves the delivery of an electric shock to the heart to re-establish normal conduction of the heart’s electrical impulse.

School nurse, Lisa Tanser adds: “I’m am extremely grateful for the generosity of our parents and OSPA. There have been a number of cases where young, seemingly fit individuals have collapsed and died suddenly due to an undiagnosed heart condition. Survival rates increase significantly when CPR and defibrillation are delivered promptly and so our staff will receive defibrillator training from our local EMAS community response manager.

“Ockbrook already offers students First Aid training as part of the Personal, Social and Health Education programme, which includes CPR demonstrations and practise. Plus, Sixth Formers have the opportunity to gain a First Aid qualification as part of their enrichment programme. We are very proud that our students are gaining such important skills that could potentially save a life.”

The new defibrillator has been professionally installed in the school grounds and forms part of the East Midlands Ambulance Service’s comprehensive network of publicly accessible defibrillators. When someone calls 999 for a patient who is in cardiac arrest, the emergency call handler is able to direct the caller to the closest defibrillator and will instruct them on how to use it. All publicly accessible defibrillators also give audible instructions to talk the user through how to use it.