Defibrillator could be a lifesaver in Laurencekirk

Scotmid Laurencekirk staff with the new public access defibrillator. L-R: Teresa Neuman, Kerry Robertson, Laura Massie and Fraser Baird.
Scotmid Laurencekirk staff with the new public access defibrillator. L-R: Teresa Neuman, Kerry Robertson, Laura Massie and Fraser Baird.

A public access defibrillator has been installed in Scotmid Laurencekirk to help save lives in and around the local community.

This is part of a national partnership between Scotmid Co-operative and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Scotmid has also donated £200 to local charity, Stars in the Sky, who are fundraising to provide additional defibrillators in halls and venues in the town.

Megan Mitchell, chairperson for the charity, added: “We’d like to say a massive thank you to Scotmid and to everyone in the community for their support of Stars in the Sky funding committee.

‘‘I’d also like to thank the committee for all of their hard work and fundraising efforts so far.

‘‘It’s wonderful that we can make something good come out of such a tragic event.”

The Stars in the Sky account was set up following the untimely death of a local mother and her unborn baby at a local event owing to sudden heart failure.

No medical support was available.

Scotmid staff have been trained by the Scottish Ambulance Service to use the defibrillator and to perform resuscitation, equipping them with the skills they need to save the life of a person suffering from cardiac arrest.

Stewart Smith, store manager at Laurencekirk, said: “We are really pleased to have the defibrillator in our store. It’s a great comfort for the local community to know it’s there in case we ever need to use it.

‘‘The training was fantastic – and we all feel ready to now help our customers and other people in the area in an emergency. ”

Daren Mochrie, director of service delivery with the Scottish Ambulance Service, added: “The roll-out of this public access defibrillator programme will make a positive contribution to safer and sustainable communities around the country.”