School in Warwick gets defibrillator

Left to right: John Taylor, president of Warwick Rotary Club, Kate Stevens, deputy head, Nick Shacklock, chairman of Warwick District Community First Responders and Paul Rowlands, co-ordinator of Warwick District Community First Responders.
Left to right: John Taylor, president of Warwick Rotary Club, Kate Stevens, deputy head, Nick Shacklock, chairman of Warwick District Community First Responders and Paul Rowlands, co-ordinator of Warwick District Community First Responders.
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A school in Warwick have been presented with a defibrillator this week.

Staff at Round Oak School, which is a school for pupils with special educational needs, were interested in getting a defibrillator installed on their school grounds.

When members of Warwick Rotary Club heard of the school’s interest they contacted the Warwick District Community First Responders (CFR’s).

The CFR’s donated a defibrillator to the school, and the Rotary Club paid for new batteries, pads and a wall cabinet.

On Tuesday it was formally handed over to the school by Warwick Rotary Club President John Taylor, Nick Shacklock chairman of the Warwick District CFR’s and Paul Rowlands co-ordinator at the Warwick District CFR’s.

The defibrillator has been installed in the school entrance lobby, which will make it easily accessible.

The CFR’s will soon be arranging training for the equipment at the school.

Rachael Siddiqui, a nurse at Round Oak School, said: “Thanks to the generosity of both the West Midlands Ambulance Service and the Rotary Club, I am pleased to say that Round Oak School now has an onsite defibrillator, which will eliminate any delays when providing essential life-saving treatment in emergency situations.

“Located within the school grounds, the defibrillator will also be available to the wider community where it will be an invaluable asset.”

The school was also given a certificate for its part in the ‘Restart a Heart Day’ in October.