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Tyrone U21 doctor helps launch new life saving device

New Workspace defib for Draperstown May 2015

(L-R) Laurence O’Kane, new Chairman The Workspace Group, Adele McIvor, Corporate Services Manager, The Workspace Group and Dr Logan, Draperstown Surgery.

Dr Michael Logan, GP in Draperstown and doctor to the All-Ireland winning U21 team, has helped launch a new community defibrillator for the village. This vital life-saving device which was provided by The Workspace Group is housed in a locked weather proof cabinet on the outside of the Ballinascreen Credit Union Ltd building at 19 St Patrick’s Street, Draperstown. In the event of an emergency, a list of locally trained defibrillator key holders is displayed beside the unit and can be contacted to gain access.

Dr Logan had a very recent first-hand experience of the benefits of having a defibrillator available in an emergency situation when he was able to use the Tyrone team’s defibrillator to help save a supporter’s life at the recent All Ireland Final in Dublin.

Dr Logan from Draperstown Surgery adds “Time and again, defibrillators have proven to be the difference between life and death. We are glad that should an emergency situation arise the people of Draperstown can quickly access a defibrillator.”

Adele McIvor, Corporate Services Manager for The Workspace Group, advises “We are based in a rural community and understandably it isn’t always possible for emergency services to get to more remote communities quickly. In an emergency situation, a defibrillator may provide valuable time until the emergency services arrive at the scene.”

This is the second automated external defibrillator provided by the Workspace Group for the Draperstown Community. The first is located at the Backrow Recreation Centre and can be accessed by contacting any of the locally trained defibrillator key holders.