East Renfrewshire MP and Secretary of State for Health learn how to save a life in Neilston.


East Renfrewshire MP Paul Masterton, and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock MP learned how to save a life in Neilston during a visit to Neilston and Uplawmoor First Responders.


The MPs were taught how to use a public access defibrillator, as well as receiving training on how to perform CPR.


The First Responders, who recently received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, will be sent out to local emergency calls, arriving before an ambulance to provide initial medical support. Every minute is vital when dealing with someone who has had a cardiac arrest, as with each minute that passes the patients chances of survival drop by 10%. The local First Responders have saved many local lives, with many of the 25 volunteers being inspired after having had a loved one benefit from their support.


Founded in 2013 by Ross Nelson and Stuart McLellan, the team have plans to increase the number of defibrillators in the area and were delighted to welcome East Renfrewshire MP and the Secretary of State to their base at the Neilston Development Trust.


East Renfrewshire MP, Paul Masterton said:

 “I always enjoy visiting Ross, Stuart and all the First Responder team, and it was great to showcase their amazing work to the Secretary of State. Promoting the best of East Renfrewshire to the most senior individuals in the UK Government is an important part of my role as a local MP, and I know Matt was hugely impressed.  I’d like to thank the First Responders for everything they do for the community, and all those who support them in their life saving efforts.”


Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock added:

 “I was more than impressed with the work carried out by the First Responders in Neilston and Uplawmoor and beyond. It was great to hear first hand the stories of the lives they have saved. East Renfrewshire is clearly home to one of the leading First Responders outfits in the country. Having been taught CPR and how to use the defibrillator by Stuart and Ross, I am fully aware of how important every second that passes is. Nobody should be afraid to use the equipment on offer in the community, but they should know how vital the job you may do will be in saving a life.” 

Founder of the Neilston and Uplawmoor First Responders commented:

“It was a privilege to be able to host the Secretary of State, East Renfrewshire MP Paul Masterton and demonstrate the work we have been doing. The support we have received from the MSP, MPs and Councillors alike has been fantastic. The Secretary of State has said he was more than impressed by the voluntary work carried out by the group. Another milestone for the First Responders! I would also like to thank those members of the public who continue to support us throughout the year, who we couldn’t do our job without.”