A BID to save lives by installing ‘heart-start’ machines in prominent locations across Barrhead has been handed another boost.

Members of the Levern Valley Defibrillator Community Partnership are on a mission to install public access defibrillators (PADs) across town.

And they were thrilled to unveil their latest device outside at the United Services Club, in Paisley Road.

This is the seventh PAD to be installed within the last five months.

John Logue, president of the United Services Club, told the Barrhead News: “We are delighted to agree to a public access defibrillator being placed at the front of our club premises.

“It gives reassurance to our members and people in the area that, in the event of someone collapsing with a cardiac arrest, there is equipment here which could help to save their life and it is readily available 24 hours a day.”

Douglas Yates, chair of the Levern Valley Defibrillator Community Partnership, added: “The charity is striving to provide public access defibrillators throughout Barrhead for the protection of all its residents and visitors.

“Our work will continue until we achieve our goal of adequate coverage, which probably means siting about 25 of the devices.

“East Renfrewshire Council has begun to site some PADs in Barrhead and we are grateful for the chance to work in conjunction with them to prevent duplication of effort.”

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