Selkirk defibrillator replaced and relocated

County Hotel, Selkirk.
County Hotel, Selkirk.

One of Selkirk town centre’s public-access defibrillators has been replaced and relocated after almost 12 years.

Following the closure of Rodgerson’s newsagent’s in High Street, the defibrillator there has been moved to a heated cabinet outside the County Hotel, just across the road.

A training session educating locals on how to use the potentially life-saving machine, alongside cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, took place in the hotel last Thursday with NHS Borders officer Rod McIntosh.

Kenneth Gunn, secretary of Scottish Heart at Risk Testing, the charity that provided the equipment and is responsible for putting defibrillator schemes in places across the region, said: “Selkirk High Street was one of the first sites to benefit from the programme launched by Scottish HART in 2002, to provide these public-access defibrillation schemes.

“The replacement of the original machine, which was in its 12th year, has been funded by the Rotary Club of Selkirk, which also funded the first machine.

“Thanks are also due to the members, as well as to the Phillips family who recently took over the County Hotel and welcomed the chance to house the training session and also to provide a permanent outdoor site where the defibrillator can be accessed at all times.”

The locations of all public-access defibrillators can be found using the Crowdsav app from any smart phone.