Life-saving defibrillator installed at busy spot in Lanarkshire town

By Matt Bryan

A new defibrillator has finally been installed at a popular location in East Kilbride.

Situated at the Post Office in the Village, the life-saving equipment is now readily accessible if ever needed by locals.

A collaborative effort by East Mains community council, Maxwell Drive Post Office, and the Village Inn brought the device to the area.

It was after many years of trying to get a defibrillator installed in the busy area, particularly at the weekend where many residents frequents a number of nearby bars and restaurants.

Staff at Maxwell Drive Post Office were delighted to announce the completion of the defibrillator's installation.

They posted: "We have done it!!

"We are proud to announce that The Village Post Office along with the Village Inn and East Mains community council have obtained a defibrillator for the Village. We have installed it on the side wall of the Post Office.

"Myself (Kevin the sub-postmaster), the community council, along with others have been trying to get a defibrillator installed for many years.

"I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the process and hope that it never has to be used."

A local electrician helped install the defibrillator (Lanarkshire Live)

The use of a defibrillator within the first three minutes of cardiac arrest can increase survival rates by up to 80 per cent.

A spokesperson from East Mains community council told Lanarkshire Live explained how vital it was the device was installed in the area: “After Covid-led delays, the defib unit was fitted outside the Maxwell Drive Post Office on Saturday, September 4.

"The defib had been the project of our previous vice chair, Jean Aitken, who had liaised with Kevin McDaid at the Maxwell Drive Post Office. Kevin was eager to offer the area outside the store for the siting of a unit.

"East Mains community council then applied to the British Heart Foundation for a grant to facilitate the purchasing of the unit.

"We were also able to access funds from the South Lanarkshire Renewable Energy Fund to purchase the additional cabinet required.

"In order to reach our target we received kind donations from local residents and members of A&J Majic Movers, a locally based group.

"With Covid restrictions eased we were delighted when Fred Hughes, a local electrician, donated his time and expertise to install the unit for us.

"As the unit is in a central position in the Village it has full coverage from South Lanarkshire Council’s CCTV in addition to measures made by the Post Office and Village Inn.

"We would like to offer a sincere thank you to everyone for their help and hope that the unit, although available, is never required.”

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