Following a recommendation from Councillor Christine Ford at a Full Council meeting, it was agreed that Ringwood Town Council would purchase and install a defibrillator for use by the public in the town.

Installation now complete the defibrillator sits on the outside wall of the Council’s Gateway building.

Councillor Ford said ‘This is wonderful news. We know that access to a defibrillator in the first few minutes of a heart attack can save many more lives and, while I hope it will never be needed, I hope it provides some comfort to those people living in the town’.

In order to access the defibrillator, the first aider must ring 999 and will be given a ‘pass number’ which will then allow the machine to drop free of its case and be available for use.

Town Mayor Councillor Barbara Woodifield said ‘It’s so easy to use this machine and it doesn’t matter if you don’t know First Aid because it will talk to you and tell you what to do, as soon as you turn it on’.

The new machine is compatible with the same Defibrillators used by the Ambulance Service and a list of locations in the town where defibrillators are located is being formulated, to raise awareness for local residents.