Defibrillator installed at Stonehaven’s Market Square

The new defibrillator at Stonehaven's Market Square.

The new defibrillator at Stonehaven's Market Square.

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A community defibrillator has now been installed at Stonehaven’s Market Square, thanks to Stonehaven and District Community Council.

The life-saving equipment was donated to the town last year by Baker Hughes along with John Trudgill.

John’s brother Peter tragically died in hospital in 2014 after a huge wave swept him in at Stonehaven Harbour. Various complications and delays, including planning, warrant, conservation approvals have meant that Stonehaven community council were unable to install them until last month.

At the end of November the defibrillators was officially commissioned and is now in place. Community council chairperson Phil Mills-Bishop said: “With the special help of Euan Esslemont the Head of the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) North I finished registering the Stonehaven Community Council Market Square defibrillator with the SAS National online registration. The first I might add with this type of code request defibrillator as officially the SAS system is not fully operational until the New Year but Euan and his team have made it happen for Stonehaven. “

A second defibrillator will be located in the New Year at the Harbour on the RNLI Lifeboat Shed wall.

He added: “While these are examples of outside 24/7 defibrillators the criteria is still that defibrillators be placed where the footfall, probability of use, incident and “at risk” dictates. Therefore the Stonehaven Community Council are still pursuing vigorously the placing of defibrillators “inside” public buildings.”

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