The Dr Margaret Barber Community Defibrillator

 Following a successful campaign by the Residents Association in 2017 High Lane’s first Community Public Access Defibrillator has now been installed outside the Medical Centre at the Village Green. This important medical equipment has been generously funded by a small group of donors who felt it would be fitting for this to be provided in Dr Barber’s memory, having been the local GP in High Lane for many years.

 The defibrillator was installed on 31 August 2017, 18 years to the day on which the current Medical Centre was opened by Dr Mathewson following Dr Barber’s retirement. We are greatly indebted to the donors for enabling the Village to have the benefit this will provide. Our thanks also go to Stockport Electrical Services Ltd who have kindly helped us by providing the electrical installation works free of charge as a gesture to the community. We are also grateful to Dr Mathewson and his team for their ongoing support.

 Why does High Lane need a Public Access Defibrillator?

Sudden cardiac arrest is a major cause of premature death but survival rates are known to be better when immediate treatment including defibrillation is available. A public access defibrillator can save valuable time before an ambulance gets to the Village.  

Our High Lane Community defibrillator is a Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 fully automatic AED designed for ease of use by persons without specialist medical training. The AED provides voice and visual prompts to guide the user through each step and will automatically diagnose the victim and automatically deliver a shock only if and when required. Our AED is housed in a heated security cabinet with a key-pad lock. In the event of a local 999 call being made, the caller will be directed by the Ambulance Service to the AED’s location and given the security code to access the AED whilst the ambulance is on its way.


Dr Margaret Amy Barber 1918 – 2016 

Margaret was born 21st September 1918 and attended Manchester High School for Girls. Following her uncle into the medical profession, she graduated as a Doctor in 1943, working in hospitals in London and Manchester before becoming a very well respected GP in High Lane for many years at 77 Buxton Road. In her retirement she lived at Brow Cottage, Carr Brow, and loved walking in the Peak District and Pembrokeshire with her beloved dog Panda. Margaret was very highly regarded as a GP and by those who knew her as a friend and also as a supporter of High Lane Residents Association. She passed away on 23rd January 2016 aged 97. 

 Further information:

Cardiac Science: NWAS - Learn How to Save Lives: Stockport Electrical Services Ltd: 07818 422688