Practice receives heart equipment

British Heart Foundation Scotland's Kathy McIlwaine and Dr Rebecca Stevenson from the Banchory Practice with the new Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).
British Heart Foundation Scotland's Kathy McIlwaine and Dr Rebecca Stevenson from the Banchory Practice with the new Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).

Banchory Medical Practice has taken delivery of a vital piece of life-saving equipment, thanks to funding from British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland.

The Bellfield practice, which has around 12,300 registered patients, has been provided with an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) which has the potential to save the lives of people who go into cardiac arrest.

The practice provided part of the funds from patient donations for the machine and BHF Scotland funded the remainder.

Dr Rebecca Stevenson from the practice explained the motivation behind acquiring the AED. She said: “The practice already has one AED which we use for emergencies both in the building and in the surrounding community. We really felt that the practice required two AEDs so that there was one on site at all times. This means that we can attend emergency house calls carrying an AED and still have one at the surgery in case there is a second emergency.

“We approached BHF Scotland for their help in funding this for our community. Money contributed by the practice came from patient donations and we are very grateful to the community for their ongoing support in this way.”

Kathy McIlwaine, local fundraising volunteer manager at BHF Scotland, said: “We’re always delighted to provide funding for life-saving equipment, and it’s great to work with Banchory Medical Practice to benefit the community.

“We’re only able to provide funding for this equipment thanks to donations and fundraising by people in Scotland. When someone has a cardiac arrest, time is crucial so having a defibrillator on site - with people trained to use it - gives a person the best possible chance of survival.”

For more information on BHF call 01466 740375.