The internationally-renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club is supporting a drive to make potentially life-saving equipment more readily available in the town.
The club has two defibrillators available for golfers and visitors – in the clubhouse and at the half-way house on the Championship Course – and has now provided financial help to install a machine outside Dornoch Medical Practice.
The club has previously helped fund the provision of defibrillators and other medical equipment for doctors’ cars and is backing efforts in the town to have more publicly-accessible machines that can provide a swift response when someone has a cardiac arrest.
Lillian MacRae, the medical practice manager, said: “We are extremely grateful to Royal Dornoch Golf Club for helping us provide this important piece of equipment and make it readily available in the community.
“The club has been extremely generous in the past with help to provide medical equipment and this is another example of its support for the community and its people.”
The new defibrillator is in a cabinet on the front wall of the surgery and is available round-the-clock. The cabinet is locked and needs an unlock code which is available from ambulance control. The procedure ensures that a 999 call has to be made to access the defibrillator and, therefore, help is on the way.
A number of organisations in the town are trained to use defibrillators and efforts are being made to make more training available to other residents.
Neil Hampton, Royal Dornoch Golf Club’s general manager, said: “We know that defibrillators have the potential to save lives and we want to make sure these machines are available to access easily whenever they are needed.
“As a community club, we are keen to get involved in any project that benefits local people and our visitors and we would be willing to help any plans to install more defibrillators in the town.”
Royal Dornoch Golf Club supports a number of organisations each year through a variety of funds.
A community fund set up in 2014 to help local groups, using a percentage of the net green fee income from visitors, has since handed out more than £15,000 to worthy causes.
In addition, the club makes a number of charitable donations annually through its Captain’s Charity and ladies, seniors and Wednesday seniors sections.