Now open and ready for use!

The defibrillator is housed in the telephone kiosk outside the main Post Office in Broad Street and was officially opened by Deputy Town Mayor Cllr Julian McGhee-Sumner on 14th July.

Defibrillator opening ceremony

Public access defibrillators can be found in many public spaces and are there for anyone to use in the event of a cardiac arrest.

Wokingham Town Council has for some time been looking for a suitable location to install a defibrillator in the town centre, but it has been difficult to identify somewhere that can provide 24 hour access. The problem was solved when we were made aware that BT was looking to dispose of its public telephone kiosk outside the Post Office in Broad Street. Under a special arrangement for local councils we were able to purchase the decommissioned kiosk from BT for just £1. After obtaining the necessary planning consent for a change of use the equipment was installed and the “telephone” signs replaced with new glass bearing the word “defibrillator”.

The defibrillator is stored in a locked vandal-proof enclosure inside the kiosk, and when a member of the public calls 999 to report a suspected cardiac arrest the operator will give them the combination to open the enclosure and access the defibrillator. It is simple and safe to use and no training is required as the machine gives clear spoken instructions.

Wokingham Town Council express their grateful thanks to the Wokingham Community First Responders Group (part of the South Central Ambulance Service) for donating the defibrillator equipment and to local electrical contractors D J Mace & Son for installing the equipment free of charge.

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