Folly Farm Centre receives new life-saving defibrillator device

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWAST) is pleased to support Folly Farm Centre by installing a defibrillator.

Folly Farm was identified as an ideal location due to its rural location, coupled with the hundreds of wedding guests, conference delegates and school groups that pass through the Centre on a weekly basis. This is in addition to many local people that enjoy walks in Avon Wildlife Trust’s 250-acre Folly Farm nature reserve. 

Andrew Lund-Yates, Centre Director said: “We are grateful to South Western Ambulance Service for providing the device. Given the amount of people that use the Centre, we feel it is integral to offer the facility.”

A defibrillator is a device that delivers an electric shock to the heart when someone is having a cardiac arrest. When somebody goes into cardiac arrest (when their heart stops beating), the lack of cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or defibrillation reduces their chance of survival by 10% every minute.

Although anyone can use the device, staff members at Folly Farm have received training from SWASFT so there will be someone on hand in the sad event that it is needed. The device is available from the Centre’s reception, meaning staff will be on hand to assist.

Andrew added: “Kim Davey, the SWAST Assistant Community Responder Officer for Somerset and Avon, visited and did some training. She showed us how easy it is to operate the defibrillator and also gave us a refresher in CPR training and basic first aid, which is always good."

Folly Farm's defibrillator kit.

Folly Farm's defibrillator kit.

Garrick Webster