Torphins CPAD now accessible 24/7

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The Community Public Access Defibrillator at Scotmid Co-operative in Torphins has been relocated to a secure external cabinet, making it accessible 24/7.

The Torphins CPAD is one of 42 which Scotmid has installed across its estate of community convenience stores.

The Scottish Ambulance Service has worked closely with Scotmid to map locations where the defibrillators are likely to save the most lives.

The cabinet comes as part of further phasing for Scotmid’s award winning ‘defibrillator initiative’ where the CPADs that were initially placed in community stores are gradually being moved outside as awareness and public confidence in CPADs grows.

The Torphins community has joined forces to ensure that local awareness of the CPAD is paramount.

Members of Torphins Community Council will soon receive training in CPR and defibrillation from Tarland and Mid Deeside Community First Responders and local GPs.

Will McLean, Secretary of Torphins Community Council, initially made contact with Scotmid to enquire if the defibrillator could be moved outside the store.

Will said: “Torphins Community Council is delighted the village now has 24 hour access to a CPAD which is in a convenient, central location.

 “We would actively encourage community participation in the Heart Start training which will soon be provided in the area, and the Community Council thanks Torphins Health Centre for providing training to Council members this month.  

“Depending on a suitable location and funding, this CPAD could be the leader for further CPADs in Torphins.”

Scotmid Membership and Community Officer, Laura Paterson, said, “With 42 CPADs across our retail outlets, head office and warehouse, Scotmid has to ensure that residents and visitors to the local community are aware of their existence, their location and how easy they are to use.”

Any member of the community can access the defibrillator in an emergency by using the code which is written on the front of the cabinet.