Shock defibrillator purchase for office is hailed

Annemarie Pattison of St Andrew's First Aid provided training for staff. Picture: Kenny Marshall

Annemarie Pattison of St Andrew's First Aid provided training for staff. Picture: Kenny Marshall

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HUNDREDS of office workers can look forward to a safer future thanks to the installation of a life-saving defibrillator.

Inspired by the Evening News’ shock box drive, the vital medical kit has been installed in Waverley Gate, Waterloo Place, which houses companies such as Microsoft, Amazon and NHS Lothian.

The device and training was paid for by the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation (ELHF) – a trust fund set up more than 250 years ago to tackle health inequalities.

Jane Ferguson, ELHF director, said: “We recently funded four machines for community sports facilities through the Evening News’ Shockingly Easy Campaign, but realised that there was no defibrillator in our own headquarters, which sees probably thousands of people come through our front door every year.

“If every office and public building had a defibrillator, it’s clear that more lives could be saved.”

Annemarie Pattison, of St Andrew’s First Aid charity, delivered training on how to use the device to firms including Creative Scotland, Eric Young & Co and Career Builder.

Ms Pattison said: “I think it is so important that we all stop and think about how we can help each other when it is most needed. Having the confidence to use an AED could save a life.”

The news was welcomed by Karen Greechan, secretary of the Jamie Skinner Foundation, which was established in memory of tragic teenage footballer Jamie Skinner, who 
suffered a fatal cardiac arrest on a Saughton playing field.

She said: “It’s absolutely brilliant. I am really pleased that the message is getting through. They are setting a fantastic example.”

The Evening News joined forces with the family of Jamie Skinner in July 2014 to launch the Shockingly Easy campaign, which aims to install life-saving defibrillators in sports clubs across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

lizzy.buchan@edinburghnews.com