Lifesaver on the High Street

KIRKCALDY;'Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon attending the Scottish Ambulance Service's launch of a National Public Defibrillator Partnership with Scotmid.'Nicola watches a demonstration by Semichem senior sales assistant and student nurse JEMMA KEELLINGS'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
KIRKCALDY;'Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon attending the Scottish Ambulance Service's launch of a National Public Defibrillator Partnership with Scotmid.'Nicola watches a demonstration by Semichem senior sales assistant and student nurse JEMMA KEELLINGS'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
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A KIRKCALDY store is the first in the country to be equipped with life-saving devices.

Nicola Sturgeon, health secretary, praised the scheme when she met staff at Semichem, in the High Street, on Monday.

The defibrillator equipment, which can help save the lives of heart attack victims, has been given to the store as part of a unique partnership between the Scottish Ambulance Service and Scotmid.

Defibrillators

Staff in Semichem are the first across Scotland to have been trained in how to use the automated defibrillators - which give the heart an electric shock - in a programme that will see the equipment rolled out to 40 Scotmid, Semichem and Fragrance House shops in the country.

The initiative is part of a programme to provide Community Public Access Defibrillators in areas where they can help save lives.

Deployed

The Scottish Ambulance Service is working closely with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland to help Scotmid purchase and install the in-store defibrillators, training staff to make sure they can be quickly deployed whenever needed.

Nicola Stugeon said: “The chance of survival from a heart attack is much greater when a patient receives early defibrillation, quickly followed up by advance cardiac care from an ambulance team.

“I am delighted to meet the first staff to be trained in the use of automated defibrillators through this initiative in Kirkcaldy.

This unique partnership between the Scottish Ambulance Service and Scotmid will benefit communities with the potential to save lives.”