SAS train Scotmid staff to save lives

Life-saving defibrillator for Kirkliston from Scotmid
Life-saving defibrillator for Kirkliston from Scotmid

A defibrillator has been donated to Scotmid in Kirkliston to help save lives in the local community.

It is part of a national partnership between Scotmid and the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS).

Scotmid staff have been trained by the SAS to use the defibrillator and to perform resuscitation, equipping them with the skills they need to potentially save someone suffering from cardiac arrest.

However, the defibrillator is a community resource – designed to be used by any member of the community when needed.

Scotmid has been working with the SAS since 2011 to install public access defibrillators in the communities in Scotland that need them most. The SAS has also provided more than 200 hours of training to Scotmid staff.

Scotmid was the first UK retailer to put defibrillators in a large number of its stores.

Sid Khan, store manager at Kirkliston, said: “We are really pleased to have the defibrillator in our store. It’s a great comfort for the local community to know it’s there in case we ever need to use it. The training was fantastic and we all feel ready to help our customers in the event of an emergency.”

David Buchanan, Kirkliston Community Council chairman, said: “The presence of a defibrillator in the store certainly gives reassurance.

“A medical device such as this can be used in life and death situations. It can help people to survive until the emergency services arrive.’’