Defibrillators

There are five defibrillators currently located around the Penparcau area.

  • Outside Sports Centre on Min Y Ddol
  • At Bus Stop on Heol Tyn Y Fron
  • Outside Spar
  • Outside Neuadd Goffa
  • At the Penparcau Community Hub
What is a Defibrillator?

A Defibrillator is an easy-to-use device that delivers an electric shock to the heart of a patient when they have had a cardiac arrest.

A cardiac arrest is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body, which is often caused by an electrical problem with the heart. A Defibrillator can shock the heart back into a normal rhythm.
Every second counts when someone is having a cardiac arrest. Survival rates are extremely poor at only 3% but when a Defibrillator is used, rates can increase to up to 50% so timely intervention is essential. That’s why we want to ensure nobody in Wales is ever further than 100m away from a lifesaving Defibrillator.

Do I have to be trained to use a Defibrillator?

The short answer here is no. Defibrillators are specifically designed to be used by anyone and everyone, so you do not need training prior to using a Defibrillator. However, we know the prospect can be daunting, so we do strongly recommend that everyone learns CPR and Defibrillator training so that they have the confidence to use it, should they ever need to. Defibrillators are incredibly intelligent devices – they give voice prompts and light indicators to help you every step of the way.

What if I shock someone because I don’t know what I am doing?

Don’t worry – the Defibrillator will NOT deliver a shock if one is not needed. The device is able to detect if the heart has stopped, or is in an abnormal rhythm. It will deliver a shock to the patient which will hopefully restart the heart back into a normal rhythm.

What are the chances I will need to use a Defibrillator?

We hope you never need to, but with 8000 cardiac arrests occurring outside of hospital each year, there is always small chance that you could step in and save a life one day. We want to encourage as many people as possible to learn CPR and Defibrillator training, so that if the worst should happen, you will know what to do.

Penparcau Community Hub

Outside Neuadd Goffa

Min y Ddol

Heol Tyn y Fron

Spar

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Hello,

We hope that you are all keeping well and safe.  The team here at Penparcau Community Hub have been very busy supporting vulnerable and isolated members of the Community and  have now established Penparcau Action Team (PAT) so that we can work remotely and still keep services going as best we can. We thought we would give you an outline of what PAT will be doing

PAT is a coordinated Hub volunteer community group working in support of and in partnership with the Ystwyth Medical Group, Padarn Surgery and St Ann’s Church providing logistical, organised and controlled priority community support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Under the direction of Ystwyth Medical Group practice manager, we are now delivering a daily support service that targets the most medically vulnerable within the Penparcau community.  We also support St Ann’s church providing them with a much needed delivery service to distribute some food supplies.

A team is despatched daily from the Penparcau Community Hub in our minibus and we have established a morning, lunchtime and teatime delivery service. The main priority must be that of achieving a reliable support system for the community to help counter the Coronavirus pandemic.

Routine is essential, and for the success and sustainable control of PAT we must understand that we are not an emergency service, nor a home help or care group but will provide the vulnerable in the community with support for prescription collections and the occasional drop-and-go service.

During difficult and uncertain times, we can rely on the good within the community to respond and stand tall and support those most in need. PAT aims to provide that hand of support and we are now operating a 7-days a week service with 4 volunteers operating the morning shift and 4 volunteers operating the afternoon shift. The office is also open from 09:00 – 15:00 daily to receive phone calls only.  This should provide the community with a vital point of contact where they can receive information, support and direction from our informed Hub staff and volunteers.  Please ring 01970 611099 during those times.

In the meantime stay safe – keep washing those hands!

Karen Rees Roberts (Forum Manager)