Westray Development Trust in collaboration with the Community HeartBeat Trust is working on developing a community public access defibrillator (cPAD) network on our island.
WDT discussed the project with Westray GP Surgery, Westray Ambulance and the owners of sites that could potentially host a cPAD. As a result of these discussions, the following locations on the map below were identified. A key site in each district was chosen so that even the households in the furthest corners of the island weren’t far from a public access defibrillator. Sites were chosen because they either received a lot of foot-fall in that district and/or were easily identifiable and accessible to the public.
Project research; The Project Officer researched other community defibrillator projects, including a network established in Mull & Iona by their development trust, contacted Orkney Heart Support Group and discussed the project with Scottish Ambulance, Westray Surgery and Westray Ambulance. A project proposal and budget were drafted and submitted to the WDT Board.
Funding Secured; The WDT Board agreed a budget of £15k for the project.
Potential Hosts contacted; The owners of sites identified as potential cPAD locations were contacted to discuss the project and if they were happy to host a cPAD. This also included WDT also agreeing to adopt Westray Junior High School’s existing cPAD and cover equipment replacement and maintenance.
Collaboration with Community HeartBeat Trust; WDT and CHBT agreed to collaborate on the Westray cPAD network project. CHBT is the U.K’s leading charity for community defibs having delivered over 3500 projects nationwide. From this background of experience and expertise, they have provided advice on equipment purchase, governance and maintenance.
Community Public Meeting; A public meeting was held April 24th 2019 at the Westray Parish Kirk for the community to learn more about the project, ask questions and participate in a free defib training session.
Formal agreements; We are now awaiting the completion of agreements between WDT, CHBT and the cPAD hosts.