MSP praises efforts of Stewartry defibrillator programme

MSP Alex Fergusson learns about the life-saving equipment
MSP Alex Fergusson learns about the life-saving equipment

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson was recently updated on the progress being made by the Stewartry Council of Voluntary Service and the Community Safety Forum towards their aim of ensuring that 90% of people in the Stewartry are within eight minutes of a defibrillator unit.

Mr Fergusson said afterwards: “Everyone involved in this initiative is doing a fantastic job in increasing public access to defibrillators across the Stewartry. The aim that 90% of people should be within eight minutes of a unit is immensely ambitious but will undoubtedly help to save lives. Every minute delayed in dealing with cardiac arrest reduced the survival rates by 10%, so rapid access to these units is unquestionably valuable.

“The initiative has already seen 20 units distributed in the Stewartry and, at a cost of only £250 per unit including training, I am sure it wont be long until 20 more have been allocated. The sourcing of refurbished defibrillators from health authorities around the country have made this possible and I commend everyone involved for the commitment they have shown to this project.”