Dundee’s Slessor Gardens has just installed a life-saving heartstart device, thanks to volunteers from St John Scotland.
The Public Access Defibrillator can be used in the event of sudden cardiac arrest, where a person’s heart stops beating. It works by delivering an electric shock to the heart to restart it back into action.
It has been installed on the outside wall of the Gardens’ newly-built pavilion, and is available to be used 24 hours a day in the event of an emergency.
St John Scotland have been working across the country to help increase access to life-saving defibrillators. Local volunteers from Dundee and Angus donated the device to Slessor Gardens, knowing it would be an ideal location with the large numbers of visitors to the nearby V&A, and several concerts and events held in the Gardens throughout the year.
This latest defibrillator follows several installed locally by the charity last year, including in the St Mary’s area of the city, and across Carnoustie and Montrose.
Sandy Bowman, Chair of St John Scotland in Angus and Dundee, said: “As a charity we’re all about saving and enhancing life, and we know that in the case of cardiac arrest, sadly, not enough people survive. We’re pleased to be able to donate this defibrillator for the benefit of all those who visit Slessor Gardens or live and work nearby. We would encourage everyone to make themselves aware of just how easy these are to use, should they ever need to help in an emergency – you could save someone’s life.”
The Slessor Gardens defibrillator will be maintained by St John Scotland volunteers, who will check it regularly to ensure it remains in good working order.