Additional Lifesaving AEDs for Mid Ulster
New lifesaving Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) will be installed at eight locations across Mid Ulster.
At this week’s meeting of Mid Ulster District Council’s Environment Committee, it was agreed to install the new defibrillators at Coalisland, Ballymacombs, Draperstown, Fivemiletown, Maghera and Tullyvar recycling centres and at the US Grant Ancestral Homestead, Ballygawley, and Gardiner’s Hall, Dungannon.
These latest additions will bring the total number of AEDs installed at Council facilities to 39.
It was also agreed at the meeting to reassess the installation of AEDs at Drum Manor Forest Park, Portglenone River Walkway and Lough Fea Walk, taking into account the electricity supply at the sites. The availability of AEDs in the Drumcoo area will also be reassessed.
To help improve the availability of, and access to, AEDs across Mid Ulster, all businesses and organisations in the district where a defibrillator is permanently located, either inside or outside in a cabinet, are being asked to register their AED with the Northern Ireland Ambulance service through the National Defibrillator Network called ‘The Circuit’. Businesses and organisations that have already registered their AED on the network, are also asked to check that their information is complete and if not, update accordingly.
‘The Circuit’ went live in February. It is connected to every Ambulance Service in the UK and allows them to direct bystanders to the nearest defibrillator to help save lives in the case of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.
Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Sean McGuigan, said:
The news that 8 additional lifesaving defibrillators are to be installed at locations across the district is a welcome development and emphasises the Council’s commitment to investing in life-saving equipment for residents in Mid Ulster. While the first action in the case of an emergency should always be to dial 999, when installed these defibrillators could help in the treatment of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, potentially even saving a life.
“That is why it is vital that all businesses and organisations in Mid Ulster where a defibrillator is installed, register it on ‘The Circuit’. Doing this will help the Ambulance Service direct a bystander immediately to the nearest defibrillator and will help increase their chances of survival. Using a defibrillator, along with performing CPR, could literally save a life, your actions could be the difference between life and death so please register your defibrillator on ‘The Circuit’ today.”
To register your defibrillator on ‘The Circuit’, go to: www.thecircuit.uk.