Bal­lachul­ish de­fibs in­stalled

The Oban Times - - News -

COM­MU­NITY mem­bers keep­ing their ‘fin­ger on the pulse’ of med­i­cal is­sues in Bal­lachul­ish have seen their hard work pay off.

Two de­fib­ril­la­tors have been in­stalled in med­i­cal cen­tres in Lochaber thanks to ef­forts made by the Bal­lachul­ish and Glen­coe Pa­tient Par­tic­i­pa­tion Group (PPG).

The PPG was formed as part of the Pro­duc­tive Gen­eral Prac­tice project, which works with the med­i­cal prac­tice to of­fer the pa­tient per­spec­tive on the ser­vices which are pro­vided.

The group meets monthly and en­cour­ages feed­back from pa­tients with the aim of mak­ing the med­i­cal cen­tre more ef­fi­cient.

Bill Stra­chan, chair­per­son of the Bal­lachul­ish and Glen­coe PPG said part of the group’s aim is to raise aware­ness that if some­one has a heart at­tack, the quicker the ca­su­alty gets CPR and de­fib­ril­la­tion, the bet­ter their chances of sur­vival. He added: ‘The PPG of Bal­lachul­ish med­i­cal prac­tice or­gan­ised the in­stal­la­tion of two de­fib­ril­la­tors for the lo­cal com­mu­nity. One is in­stalled ex­ter­nally on the wall of the med­i­cal cen­tre in the vil­lage and ex­ter­nally at the am­bu­lance sta­tion in Glen­coe.

‘Fundrais­ing be­gan last autumn through­out the com­mu­nity. The units cost roughly £1,600 each so we had col­lec­tion cans and a raf­fle, and the PPG ac­knowl­edge grants from Glen­coe and Bal­lachul­ish Com­mu­nity Coun­cils, the Clachaig Inn and High­land Coun­cil.

‘David Doogan of the Scottish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice has al­ready de­liv­ered some train­ing in CPR and us­ing the de­fib.

‘Keep an eye on the Co-op and med­i­cal prac­tice no­tice boards to find out the next train­ing dates. It takes less than an hour, is free and does not in­volve a test.’

Bill Stra­chan and Irene Kerr at Glen­coe am­bu­lance sta­tion. Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy

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