New defibrillator now installed at Newtonhill Pharmacy

Newtonhill can breathe easy over the festive period, as one of two defibrillators purchased for the community have been installed in time for Christmas.

Rotarian Skea Ross helped to organise a games night back in June where over £2000 was raised to purchase the potentially life-saving equipment.

Both of the defibrillators have been purchased and one was installed at its new home outside the local pharmacy on Monday of this week.

The other defibrillator is due to be installed at the top of the village, outside Tesco, just after New Year.

Mr Ross said: “About 23 of us received training in how to use the equipment from St John’s Ambulance last week.

‘‘Four of those people are nurses, and there is also one ex-NHS worker and they are all able to pass on the training to anyone in the area who wants it.

Mr Ross added that if anyone had any queries about the defibrillators, or would like more information about training, they can telephone him on 07836601804.

Defibrillators work by providing a powerful electric shock when someone collapses with a cardiac arrest, and can get the heart started again.