Rushmere St Andrew Parish Council

Precept News
Rushmere St Andrew Parish Council is pleased to announce a decrease in their portion of the precept as it is the councillors’ considered view that now, with the effects of Covid-19, is not the time for an increase.

New Defibrillator
Rushmere St Andrew Parish Council would like to thank District Councillor Mark Newton for funding a new defibrillator unit in the parish out of his Enabling Communities Budget. You will find it located on the external wall by the entrance of Rushmere Village Hall on Humber Doucy Lane. We already have defibrillator units on the outside wall of Rushmere Baptist Church, Tower Hall and the outside wall of the Jaipur Restaurant on Penshurst Road.

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable life-saving device that can give a casualty’s heart an electric shock when it has stopped beating normally in a sudden cardiac arrest and it works by checking the casualty’s heart rhythm once the defibrillator pads are placed on their chest and giving them a shock if needed. By using a defibrillator before an ambulance arrives, you can significantly increase someone’s chance of survival.

You don’t need training to use one. If you come across someone unconscious, unresponsive, not breathing or not breathing normally, they’re in cardiac arrest. The most important thing is to call 999 and start CPR to keep the blood flowing to the brain and around the body.

After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 percent.

If you’re on your own, don’t interrupt the CPR to go and get a defibrillator. If it’s possible, send someone else to find one. When you call 999, the operator can tell you if there’s a public access defibrillator nearby.

To use a defibrillator, follow these simple steps:

Turn the defibrillator on by pressing the green button and follow its

  1. Turn the defibrillator on by pressing the green button and follow its instructions.
  2. Peel off the sticky pads and attach them to the patient’s skin, one on each side of the chest, as shown in the picture on the defibrillator.
  3. Once the pads have been attached, stop CPR and don’t touch the patient. The defibrillator will then analyse the patient’s heart rhythm.
  4. The defibrillator will assess whether a shock is needed and if so, it will tell you to press the shock button. An automatic defibrillator will shock he patient without prompt. Do not touch the patient while they are being shocked.
  5. The defibrillator will tell you when the shock has been delivered and whether you need to continue CPR.
  6. Continue with chest compression’s and rescue breaths until the patient shows signs of life or the defibrillator tells you to stop so it can analyse the heartbeat again.

Courtesy of The British Heart Foundation

The office is closed but our clerk and assistant clerk are still working so should you need to get in touch please contact them by email in the first instance:

Parish Clerk: [email protected]
Assistant Parish Clerk: [email protected]
Or telephone 01473 711509 and leave a message.

Rushmere St Andrew Parish Council Office, Tower Hall, 5 Broadlands Way,
Ipswich IP4 5SU.

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Thank you to everyone in our parish for your continued patience in doing
your bit to keep us all safe by following government guidelines.

From your Rushmere St Andrew Parish Councillors

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