A village resident has drawn UCC’s attention to a recent BBC report on public access defibrillators and below is the Community Council’s response :
Thanks for contacting UCC regarding the BBC report on the failure of some public access defibrillators. The Uplawmoor public access defibrillator is managed by “Uplawmoor Heartbeat” ( a team of 12) chaired by Cath Close and this is her reply :
The Uplawmoor public access defibrillator ( AED) is an IPAD cu-SP1 manufactured by CU medical systems. The problem AEDs reported by the BBC are Lifepak CR plus and Lifepak Express. Our AED was sponsored by the British Heart Foundation and approved by the Scottish Ambulance Service. A heated cabinet to house the AED was installed to preserve battery life. The AED is checked on a weekly basis and familiarisation sessions for the community are offered regularly. We will shortly be running more familiarisation sessions and fundraising to purchase replacement chest pads which will be out of date in January 2017. I will be delighted to supply any more information required and am grateful to you for highlighting this issue which does not apply to Uplawmoor’s AED. I have requested that UCC post this on their website and Uplawmoor Info to reassure the community.