June 24th 2013 will be a day Philip Dunkley will remember. It was the day he almost died of a Cardiac Arrest.

Philip was visiting his golf club for a match, and was approaching the 16th green. It ran along side the 17th fairway seperated by a small bank. He hit his shot and it skewed to the right, over the bank onto the 17th fairway. His teammates continued with their shots to the 16th, when out of concern, they realised Philip was not with them. He had taken his battery operated cart up the bank to the 17th, and had not returned. Philip was found lying in the long grass, unconcious. 

His colleague, Alan, had recently undertaken a CPR course as part of his work, he immediately started CPR whilst the green keeper rang 999 and went for help. The manager of the golf club knew there was a community public access defibrillator (cPAD) in the village and went to fetch it, bringing it back to the unconcious Philip. The defibrillator was applied and gave two schocks whilst CPR continued. Shortly afterwards the paramedics and air ambulance arrived to take Philip to Coventry Hospital, where after 2 days in intensive care, he made a full recovery.

The community defibrillator had been placed into the village the previous Novemeber in memory of Claire Squiress from North Kilworth who died on a London Marathon run. This was the first time it had been used in earnest. Working with the Community Heartbeat Trust, members of the village positioned the defibrillator at the petrol station on the main road in the village, for easy access.

"You can be prepared for many things in life" said Jackie, Philips wife. "The fact someone was there to do CPR and then fetch the defibrillator - well it's just fantastic! Philip is here as a testament to the fast action of his friends."


Please make sure you have read and understood this disclaimer - It will be assumed that you have read prior to CHT receiving any request. CHT are not responsible for your fund raising, nor your cPAD operations, but may assist in both. CHTs only aim is to support the installation of a cPAD scheme in the most cost effective way possible adhering to Best Practice, and help save lives in your community. This website, and any downloaded information, is for information only on how to go about obtaining and installing a cPAD, and other relevant information. All copyrights and trademarks are recognised. All support for the cPAD will be undertaken by the village committee responsible and via standard manufacturers warranties. Any training organisation will only be responsible for the initial awareness training and not for the functioning or maintenance of the AED. Please do not send any monies to CHT until you have registered your scheme with us, and have agreement from the local ambulance service for the establishment of a cPAD scheme. All schemes must be registered with the local ambulance service (CHT will also undertake this or you can do via this site, but this does not remove responsibility for you to notify the local ambulance service of your AED location). 999/112 (ambulance) must always be called prior to using a cPAD equipment. VAT may be applicable if your organisation is not an eligible body as defined by HMRC. All current or historical claims for VAT will be met by the local community. All schemes will be asked to sign an agreement taking responsibility for their own fund raising and donations to CHT, and then the operation and maintenance of the cPAD equipment. All CHT provided schemes will need to manage their maintenance through the WebNoS online system as a condition of CHT support. It is your responsibility to maintain the equipment in working order and to make sure the local ambulance service is aware of this. WebNoS makes this possible and also acts as an audit trail for management of the equipment. Sites provided by CHT and not using WebNoS may be disengaged from the ambulance service CAD systems. Any web site showing defibrillator locations is for information only, and should not be used in preference to dialling 999. CHT works in close cooperation with the UK ambulance services. Always dial 999 in an emergency

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