We are reviewing the provision of defibrillators
19 April, 2018
• AS the cabinet member responsible for tackling health inequality I was very concerned to read about the sad incident which occurred in Maitland Park Villas, (Shock over the missing live-saver, April 12).
In view of this incident, our officers are undertaking an audit of all care homes, extra care and supported living schemes to determine whether or not they currently use defibrillators.
The results of the audit will be reviewed as a matter of priority. Although there is no regulatory or legal requirement to host defibrillators in residential care homes, discussions will be held with providers who do not currently have defibrillators on site.
We will ask them to consider having them on their premises, and also provide their staff with training in how to use this potentially life-saving equipment, for the benefit of residents and staff.
I’m pleased that Shaw Healthcare are looking seriously into providing this equipment and training at Gospel Oak Court and Maitland Park Care Home, this is the right thing to do.
Thank you to Aron Kennedy and the three passers-by who helped this lady, it’s a salutary lesson, and thank you to the New Journal for highlighting it.
CLLR PAT CALLAGHAN
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for
Tackling Health Inequalities and Promoting Independence