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Good call for disused phone box.

AN OLD phone box has been fitted with life-saving equipment to treat heart attack victims.

The traditional red kiosk in Glendaruel, Argyll, has a defibrillator machine with step-by-step instructions for users.

The machine analyses the victim to determine if they are having a heart attack and, if required, it delivers an electric shock to restore normal heartbeat.

The equipment, paid for by BT, can be opened with instructions from the Scottish Ambulance Service by calling 999.

It is the first phone box of its kind in Scotland and one of only five in the UK.

Local Girl Guide Heather Munro, 16, came up with the idea in a competition to find the best use for the phone box.

Her mother Suzy Munro, a member of Colintraive and Glendaruel Community Council, said: "We have seen people suffering from chest pain and heart-related symptoms and there was a fatality a few weeks ago.

"A defibrillator in the centre of the village could help save lives."

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