Ian Hendry has been in touch with My Turriff to see if we can gauge the level of support there would be for a publicly accessible defibrillator in Turriff.
In recent media releases there has been a lot of focus on the value of a quick response to cardiac arrests and the importance of a timely response using a defibrillator where required, every second counts in that situation.
A number of defibrillators are available in Turriff, the most recent being installed in Tesco in high street and that is great for the community but to my knowledge none are available on a 24 hour basis to the public.
I realise the fire and rescue service are trained and will respond when required but I’d like to gauge the level of support from within the community for a public access defibrillator to be made available in Turriff.
This is in effect a defibrillator located in a central location which can be accessed following an emergency call to the Scottish ambulance service. (Call to request an ambulance and they will advise the location and code to access the defibrillator).
Funding would be needed but the purpose of this post is to initially gauge the level of interest/support from the Turriff Community. I’d appreciate if folks can post their comments expressing their thoughts on this suggestion and if the Community agree this would be a good thing for Turriff, things can progress to next stage.
The Sandpiper Trust are active in the area trying to raise funds for defibrillators in rural areas across the North East of Scotland.
It is widely recognised that time matters in a cardiac arrest, every minute reduces your chance of survival by 10%, having a publicly accessible defibrillator and people that are trained to use a defibrillator (and not just a defibrillator in a cabinet) will save more lives.
So is having a publicly accessible defibrillator in Turriff a good idea or a great idea?