Save a life
Save a Life – Where is your nearest defibrillator?
South Central Ambulance Service currently runs a database for local communities, workplaces and schools to register automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and help save lives.
Once a device is registered with SCAS, the details are entered into our 999 call taker systems as well as smartphone and tablet app developed by the Trust – Save a Life – which ensures we can direct members of the public to devices in a cardiac arrest emergency.
The app uses GPS functionality to show where the nearest AED is as well as a list of other AEDs in the area. It also features videos, cardiopulmonary resuscitation instructions and a section that answers many of your cardiac arrest and heart attack questions. It is designed to complement the SCAS Community First Responder (CFR) schemes across the region and to help us in improving out of hospital cardiac arrests.
Please make sure that you have the latest version of the app installed and that you regularly update the list or clear your internet cache as appropriate to your device.
Remember, the first thing to do in any real emergency is to call 999.
Where is your nearest AED?
We have an amazing Android & Apple app that users can access via their smartphone or tablet. Our app uses GPS functionality to show where the nearest AED is as well as a list of other AEDs in the area. It also features videos, CPR instructions and a section that will answers many of your cardiac arrest and heart attack questions.
Registering your defibrillator
If you need to register your defibrillator, please contact the national database called The Circuit – a national defibrillator network supported by the British Heart Foundation, St John Ambulance, Resuscitation Council UK and the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives.
The Circuit will ensure that we can continue to direct members of the public to your defibrillator. It will only take you a few minutes to do this. Visit www.thecircuit.uk.
To complete your registration, please make sure you have the following information about your defibrillator to hand:
- The full address and location of the defibrillator (including any extra details such as ‘on the 3rd floor by the photocopier’)
- The brand and model (usually to be found on the front) and serial number (usually on the underside)
- Accessibility days and times
- Pad expiry date
- Confirmation that your defibrillator is displaying the ready signal when you last checked it
- Access code (if the defibrillator is kept in a locked cabinet).
Fundraising and training
If you would like to raise the funds to provide an AED in your community the cost, including a secure box, is £1,850 excluding fitting charges.
SCAS can provide funding assistance to interested businesses and organisations by directing them to charities, grants and community fundraising schemes. The Trust can also provide AED awareness training to those who purchase one. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.