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 on 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; Formal agreements with each of the defib hosts have been signed and received.
Westside Telephone Kiosk Adoption Submitted; The adoption form was submitted to BT by CHBT on behalf of WDT.
Westside Telephone Kiosk Repair; We have received a tender for the repair of the Kiosk. North Isle Landscape Partnership Scheme has awarded us £3,375.88 towards the cost of repair.
Defib Purchase & Installation; All equipment & training kit was ordered and was delivered to WDT. A tender was received from an Electrician for the installation. So far the Defibrillators and the Airfield, Gill Pier, Westray Parish Kirk, Peter Miller’s Shop and Rapness Pier have been installed.
Westside Kiosk; Our adoption of the Telephone Kiosk through Community HeartBeat Trust has been approved (October 2019). Work will begin on the repair soon.
Next Steps; Work will begin soon on the Kiosk repair. We are also in the process of registering all defibs with Scottish Ambulance and organising CPR and defib training for the community.