A defibrillator has been fitted into Naburn's red telephone kiosk located to the right of the Blacksmith's Arms on Main Street in the village and it has already played a part in saving one life.
It is set up to be used following a 999 emergency call to the ambulance service who will provide the access code if they determine a patient requires it and they are near enough to the facility.
The defibrillator is fully automated with in-built video instruction and requires no training for the user, but residents are encouraged to make time to visit the kiosk and familiarise themselves with the instructions so that if they need to use it valuable time isn't lost working out what to do.
We are also looking at the possibility of setting-up a Village Emergency Telephone System (VETS) to provide additional support for villagers living alone or in couples when a third person would be needed to access the defibrillator.
Naburn Parish Council is grateful to the children of Naburn C of E School who raised £730 towards the costs through fund raising events and collection tins in the Blacksmith's Arms and Naburn Marina, and also to York City Councillor, Suzie Mercer, who helped secure a grant of £1,270 from Wheldrake Ward to make up the £2000 required to fund the defibrillator.