Defibrillator Placed at Polwarth Tavern in Memory of Publican

Publication date 25 October 2022

A new defibrillator is now operational in Polwarth, Edinburgh to help locals in time-critical instances of cardiac arrest.

Funded by the local community, the life-saving equipment was installed in memory of local Polwarth Tavern publican Alan Laidlaw, who sadly suffered a fatal cardiac arrest in 2020.

Assisted by St John Scotland, locals were given free training on how to give CPR and use the defibrillator.

Angus Loudon, CEO of St John Scotland, added: ‘We are delighted to assist the local community in Polwarth with this PAD and the associated training. St John Scotland is proud to be working with communities to save lives, and every session of training not only equips people with this potentially life-saving skill, but also takes the number of citizens trained in Bystander CPR ever closer to the Government’s target of one million by 2026.”