UFS Dispensaries has placed 14 additional defibrillators in its pharmacies to ensure that these critical life saving devices are more widely available in the community.

The availability of a defibrillator can mean the difference between life and death for somebody who suffers a sudden cardiac arrest. Every minute is critical, as getting a defibrillator on a patient within 10 minutes gives them the best chance of survival.

Ms Lynne McLennan, Chief Executive Officer of UFS said “Easily accessible defibrillators are a great asset to a community and UFS is delighted to make this investment in the health and wellbeing of our community. This is a very practical demonstration of UFS directing its resources to improving the health of our members and the local community.”

The new defibrillators are semi-automatic, so the device gives the user instructions on what to do. Our pharmacies also have first aid and CPR-trained staff on-site able to assist in an emergency. UFS Medical centres and the UFS COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic also have defibrillators on-site.

These UFS pharmacies have a defibrillator readily available:

  • Bacchus Marsh UFS Pharmacy, 25-27 Grant Street, Bacchus Marsh
  • Bacchus Marsh Village UFS Pharmacy, Shop 66, 160 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh
  • Ballan UFS Pharmacy, 129 Inglis Street, Ballan
  • Beaufort UFS Pharmacy, 62-64 Neill Street, Beaufort
  • Bridge Mall UFS Pharmacy, 40 Bridge Mall, Ballarat
  • Buninyong UFS Pharmacy, 316 Learmonth Street, Buninyong
  • Doveton Street South UFS Pharmacy, Shop 1, The Block Arcade, Ballarat
  • Delacombe UFS Pharmacy, 830 Latrobe Street, Delacombe
  • *Hardy’s Gisborne UFS Pharmacy, 40 Brantome Street, Gisborne
  • Mt Clear UFS Pharmacy, Midvale Complex, 1172 Geelong Road, Mt Clear
  • Melton Central UFS Pharmacy, Shop 6 Central Walk, 415-429 High Street, Melton
  • Melton South UFS Pharmacy, Station Square, 11 Station Road, Melton
  • Sebastopol UFS Pharmacy, 56 Albert Street, Sebastopol
  • *Sturt Street UFS Pharmacy, 717 Sturt Street, Ballarat (Open 24 hours)
  • Sturt Street West UFS Pharmacy, 1010 Sturt Street, Ballarat
  • Wendouree UFS Pharmacy, 1207 Howitt Street, Wendouree

These UFS Pharmacies are co-located with medical centres and have access to the medical centre’s defib:

  • Gisborne UFS Pharmacy, 5 Neil Street, Gisborne
  • Victoria Street UFS Pharmacy, 69 Victoria Street, Ballarat
  • Doveton Street North UFS Pharmacy 1/202 Doveton Street North, Ballarat

* Pharmacy already had a defib on-site.