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First community public accessible defibrillator installed in Sudbury

Sudbury Town Hall. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Sudbury Town Hall. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The first community public accessible defibrillator (CPAD) has been installed in Sudbury following a generous donation, the town council has announced.

Graeme Weir paid for the defibrillator and installation at the front of the town hall and the piece of lifesaving equipment is accessible 24/7.

In the event of a person collapsing in Sudbury, the first thing to do is call 999 for an ambulance.

The caller will then be directed to the CPAD site in Old Market Place and given a code to access the cabinet containing the defibrillator.

It can be used by anyone without training by following the step-by-step voice prompts given by the machine.

The East of England Ambulance Service advises that each CPAD site covers an area of one square mile and the town council says it is now looking for a site to install another CPAD in the Ballingdon area of Sudbury.

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