Rotary funds give boost to Bute live-saving training

Bute Heartstart instructors Margaret Kilpatrick and Mike McHardy demonstrate the use of an anti-choke vest to members of the Rotary Club of Rothesay.
Bute Heartstart instructors Margaret Kilpatrick and Mike McHardy demonstrate the use of an anti-choke vest to members of the Rotary Club of Rothesay.

A donation from the Rotary Club of Rothesay has enabled a group of local volunteers to improve the life-saving training they provide on Bute.

The club’s donation of £200 allowed the island’s Heartstart group to buy three anti-choke vests, allowing basic life-saving techniques such as the back-slap and the abdominal thrust (the latter formerly known as the Heimlich manoeuvre) to be demonstrated without the risk of injuring the volunteer.

Local Heartstart instructors Mike McHardy and Margaret Kilpatrick demonstrated the use of one of the vests at the Rotary Club’s meeting at Kingarth Hotel on Thursday, when certificates were also presented to the eleven local Rotarians who completed a Heartstart course earlier this year.

Heartstart training courses, run under the auspices of the British Heart Foundation, last for two hours and cover a range of emergency life support skills, including dealing with an unconscious casualty, cardiac arrest, suspected heart attack, choking and serious bleeding.