Defibrillators installed at Adur and Worthing cemeteries

Four more defibrillators have been installed in Adur and Worthing, focusing on the cemeteries and crematorium this time.

Wednesday, 4th November 2020, 4:59 pm

The publicly-accessible life-saving devices have been placed at Worthing Crematorium, Lancing and Sompting Cemetery, Mill Lane Cemetery in Shoreham and Southwick Cemetery.

There are also plans to install a defibrillator at Durrington Cemetery as soon as possible.

These add to the number already available at premises and spaces where there is a high footfall, including on the seafront, on Worthing Pier, at Worthing Museum and leisure centres.

Carson Albury, left, at Lancing and Sompting Cemetery with Adur and Worthing Councils' bereavement services team members John Pace, Steve Baker and Andrew Keay

Carson Albury, Adur District Council’s executive member for customer services, said: “The new defibrillator installed at the Lancing and Sompting Cemetery, which can be accessed during opening times, will help to increase the safety of visitors.

“It will enable staff and members of the public to act quickly and potentially save someone’s life if they are taken ill while on the site.”

Defibrillators are used to give a high energy shock to someone in cardiac arrest. They can be used to save someone’s life before the emergency services arrive.

A council spokesman said: “Every minute counts when someone experiences a cardiac arrest. By having defibrillators in public places, and particularly in areas that may be harder to reach for the emergency services, it means that our staff and members of the public can quickly come to the aid of someone in need of help and potentially save a life.”

The location of the new defibrillator at Southwick Cemetery

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