100th defib on western isles
13 December 2017
A collaboration between the local authority, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and the charity Lucky2bhere has made the Western Isles one of the best protected communities in the UK in terms of life-saving training and equipment per head.
In a proactive local authority-led approach, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar , which serves the whole of the Western Isles, has teamed up with Lucky2bhere and automated external defibrillator (AED) manufacturers Cardiac Science to achieve the feat.
Together they have provided more concentrated access to an AED and comprehensive Emergency Life Support Training (ELS) than anywhere else in the UK.
The Western Isles covers an area from the Butt of Lewis to Barra, serving around 26,000 people. The 100th defib was presented last week to the management of the Cabarfeidh Hotel in Stornoway.
ELS training, including how to operate an AED, is now provided routinely by Lucky2BHere Eilean Siar volunteers in all 24 secondary and primary schools across the Western Isles as part of the curriculum.
Bernard Chisholm, director of education for the Western Isles, helped create the framework for change by making AED provision possible and championing the ELS training. AEDs are now available 24/7 at every school in the Western Isles, both for school and wider community use, all signposted from local roads.