Vital equipment which could be the difference between life and death is now available to people in Bellsmyre following the donation of a new defibrillator.

A cabinet storing the device has been fitted in the Cutty Sark Community Centre, ensuring it is readily available for anyone who may need to access it.

The device, which gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest, has been placed in a prominent position by the main entrance of the centre and is available for the community to use.

Its arrival is the result of a partnership between Caledonia Housing Association and AS Homes (Scotland).

Kevin Nixon, regional manager of Caledonia Housing Association, said: “We would like to thank AS Homes for its kind donation. 

"Having a positive impact on our local communities is crucial for us at Caledonia Housing Association.

"We identified The Cutty Sark as an ideal location for the defibrillator as it’s a well-used facility by the local community and is located close to a number school and homes in the area.”

No training required

The defibrillator is designed to be used by anyone, with no specific training required.

Once it’s switched on it will provide clear instructions and talk users through what they need to do. The Scottish Ambulance Service have been advised of the new defibrillator, with the location now mapped into its command-and-control system so that members of the public can be directed to them when emergency situations arise.

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Craig Cairney, site manager of AS Homes, said: “As well as building high-quality affordable homes, AS Homes (Scotland) is committed to supporting the communities in which we build.

“We are delighted to be able to donate this life-saving equipment and to work alongside Caledonia Housing Association on such an important project.”