Life-saving defibrillator installed in Rothesay park

Pictured with the new 'public access defibrillator' affixed to an external wall at Bute Shinty Club's Meadows changing facilities are Jillian Gibson from the Rothesay community sport hub, Henry Tait from Rothesay Brandane AFC, Ralph Anderson, president of the Rotary Club of Rothesay, and Bute Shinty Club chairman Barry Martin.
Pictured with the new 'public access defibrillator' affixed to an external wall at Bute Shinty Club's Meadows changing facilities are Jillian Gibson from the Rothesay community sport hub, Henry Tait from Rothesay Brandane AFC, Ralph Anderson, president of the Rotary Club of Rothesay, and Bute Shinty Club chairman Barry Martin.

A potentially life-saving defibrillator is now available for sports groups and members of the public using the Meadows in Rothesay.

The defibrillator was installed following a successful bid by the Rothesay community sport hub to a Scottish Ambulance Service scheme aiming to increase the number of public access defibrillators across the country.

The Rotary Club of Rothesay pitched in with a donation of £300 to buy the external cabinet to house the equipment, which has been installed on the outside wall of Bute Shinty Club’s premises.

The equipment - which delivers a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the heart - allows those trained in its use to provide potentially vital help until the emergency services can attend the scene of an incident.

Among those to be trained in the correct use of the equipment are pupils at Rothesay Academy as well as representatives of the sports clubs who regularly use the Meadows and the shinty club’s changing facilities.

Other ‘public access defibrillators’ on Bute are located at the Kingarth Hotel and at the old pier in Kilchattan Bay.