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Portable life-saving defibrillator is installed at Annahilt Care Home

A portable defibrillator has been installed at Annahilt Care Home in Hillsborough after the care team raised funds through a number of community events.

The defibrillator, which is located at the front of the home, is the first to be installed in the local area, and if it is ever required in an emergency the ambulance dispatch service will give the access code and instruct the caller on how to safely use the equipment.

The team from the home had the idea to install a defibrillator in case of any emergency situation and earlier this year set about organising fundraising events. With the support of local businesses who donated prizes, they held a community raffle, and held a table quiz night in the Pheasant pub.

In total they raised £3,000, which covered the purchase and installation of the defibrillator, as well as training for the team at the home, staff from the local school, Annahilt Primary School and a number of volunteers.

Naomi Graham, Home Manager, said: “We are delighted that the fundraising of the team here at Annahilt has been so successful and that we have been able to install a vital, potentially life-saving resource in Annahilt. We are grateful for the support given from the local community, businesses and Four Seasons Health Care. We are particularly grateful to Jock McGowan of Defibrillator Services NI who helped with the installation and training.”

Are you looking for a care home in Hillsborough? Annahilt Care Home provides support for residential care, dementia care and respite care.

Date published: 15 December 2017

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