Our Community Defibrillator Scheme is currently open to new applications. To find out more information please click on this Community Defibrillator Scheme link.
When someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, prompt action by anyone nearby can help increase their chance of survival. If you suspect someone is suffering from a cardiac arrest you should call 999 for an ambulance and start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) immediately. The use of a defibrillator can greatly improve the chances of survival beyond just administering CPR.
Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) are portable devices that can be used on someone having a cardiac arrest. They check the heart rhythm and send an electric shock to the heart to try and restore a normal rhythm. They have been in wide use for many years and form part of the standard equipment that paramedics, ambulance and first responders carry.
What to do if you witness someone in cardiac arrest
- Start CPR and ring 999
- The 999 operator will advise you if there is a defibrillator nearby and give you the code to access it. Send another person to get the defibrillator if possible. If you are alone continue CPR and don’t leave the person
- When you have a defibrillator follow the instructions to open it. It will begin talking to you and give clear verbal instructions on how to use it
Visit the St John website for more information and a video on how to perform CPR.
Visit the St John website for more information and a video on how to use a defibrillator.
As part of our Community Defibrillator Scheme we have provided over 80 defibrillators in community accessible locations all throughout the district. There are also many more that have been provided by local Parish & Town Councils, shops, gyms and other organisations.
If you would like to promote a defibrillator location, please download the location poster which can be found in the Downloads section.