A POTENTIALLY life-saving piece of equipment has been installed in Laurieston.

The 16th Laurieston Scout Group have brought real meaning to “Scouts help others” by installing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on the outside of the Scout Hall at Spinkhill.

Members of the community will be able to access the device anytime night or day should anyone suffer from a cardiac arrest.

The small machine shocks a patient’s heart into restarting. It is easy to use and is sophisticated enough to talk the user through the process, delivering a shock only when one is required.

No clinical training is required in its use.

A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time and the employment of a defibrillator and CPR within the first few minutes after an arrest, while professional help is on its way, can increase the chances of a patient’s survival by up to 70 per cent

Alan Dick, Group Scout Leader of 16th Laurieston Scout Group, said: “I’d like to thank the NatWest Banking Group / Royal Bank of Scotland for this generous donation of life-saving equipment which will be accessible to the whole community in case of emergency situations. The first minutes are vital in these cases and by having this important piece of equipment, we can keep everyone safe.”