Politicians back life-saving campaign

Defibrillators can help save lives
Defibrillators can help save lives

MP for Banff & Buchan, Eilidh Whiteford, and NE MSP Ross Thomson have shown their support for the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) Registration to Resuscitation campaign.

The campaign by the SAS launched on Tuesday, March 7 and is aimed at urging communities to register potentially life-saving public access defibrillators on its dedicated website.

Eilidh Whiteford said: “Public access defibrillators can be found all over Scotland and are vital pieces of equipment in the crucial early minutes following a cardiac arrest before an ambulance arrives.

“There is currently no legal obligation to register defibrillators, which is why the Scottish Ambulance Service is asking people in Banff & Buchan to register so that when someone calls 999 call handlers will know where the nearest defibrillator is if it is required.

“I am encouraging leisure facilities, schools, libraries, community centres and other public places with defibrillators to register their devices on the Scottish Ambulance Service’s website.

“Everyone else in Banff & Buchan can get involved too by asking whenever they see a defibrillator if it has been registered.”

Launching its Registration to Resuscitation campaign, the Service’s national resilience manager, Murray McEwan, said: “When someone experiences a cardiac arrest they are unconscious and not breathing, or not breathing normally, and their life is in immediate danger, which is why these defibrillators are so important.

“If we know where defibrillators are in every community, our call handlers may then be able to direct bystanders to a defibrillator in the event of somebody experiencing a cardiac arrest and talk them through action to take.

“This is a campaign which will help save more lives and everyone can really get behind. We need the custodians who look after these defibrillators to register them on our website: pad.scottishambulance.com.”

Mr McEwan added: “We are also working with the manufacturers as well as our partners, community leaders and community first responder groups to register as many of these defibrillators as possible.”