North Ayrshire Council’s ruling SNP Cabinet is this week expected to agree total funding of £156,506 to purchase, install and train staff to use 116 defibrillators in schools and public buildings.
are used in cases of cardiac arrest where the heart has stopped pumping
blood. Defibrillators deliver an electric shock to the heart,
potentially re-starting blood flow. Survival chances of those affected
by cardiac arrest decrease by 10% for every minute without
The initiative to make available the potentially
life-saving equipment was first suggested by Saltcoats & Stevenston
Independent councillor Ronnie McNicol at February’s meeting of the
Council. Now, following a detailed analysis by Council Chief Executive
Elma Murray and senior officials, SNP councillors are expected to back a
roll-out of defibrillators over the next year.
There will be an
additional maintenance cost of £18,792 over four years, but Ms Murray
has identified that all expenditure relating to defibrillators can be
met from an underspend in the Council's General Fund budget for the
financial year 2013/14.
A report for the SNP cabinet recommends
that defibrillators are installed at Council offices, the district’s 5
Secondary Schools, 4 Special Schools, 50 Primary Schools, 17 libraries
(plus 2 mobile units), 30 Community Centres and Eglinton Park in
Kilwinning. In addition, North Ayrshire Leisure is to provide the
machines at the area’s leisure centres, including Auchenharvie in
The Council also plans to work with the Scottish
Ambulance Service to identify any parts of North Ayrshire where existing
availability of the potentially vital medical equipment is limited.
Cabinet report to be considered this week notes that the SNP Scottish
Government has provided funding to install defibrillators in NHS dental
practices by August of this year, and that supermarket chain ASDA is to
provide the machines in all of its stores.