Straad life-saving bid a step closer to reality

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Moves to install a public access defibrillator in one of Bute’s smallest communities took a step forward this week.

Sixteen people attended a cardio-pulmonary reuscitation course for the Straad community in Ballianlay Hall on Wednesday, presented by Angela McNeil, a HeartStart co-ordinator based at Dykebar Hospital in Paisley.

Course organiser and Straad resident Lorna Mitchell said: “We learned to recognise when CPR is needed and had practical sessions learning how to do it.

“We also learned how to deal with someone who is choking and how to deal with a bleeding incident.

“We all felt it was well worthwhile doing this course and felt we gained real confidence through the practical sessions. We also had the opportunity to use a defibrillator.”

Further discussions are planned for the coming months on if and how residents in the Straad area, located on Bute’s west coast near St Ninian’s Bay, might proceed with buying a public access cardiac defibrillator.