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Public Access Defibrillators

A St John Scotland Public Access Defibrillator in EdinburghPublic Access Defibrillators

St John Scotland is proud to have placed many life-saving Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) in locations across Scotland. 

Around 3,500 people undergo attempted resuscitation each year after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, but currently only around 1 in 12 survive. Using a defibrillator alongside CPR can greatly increase survival rates, but to be most effective, a defibrillator needs to be used within the first 3-5 minutes of collapse. That's why we're working to increase access to the life-saving devices in communities across Scotland, so they are available to be used 24/7 in an emergency. 

Our local area teams have worked with community groups, charities, and businesses to help install devices the length and breadth of Scotland.

In 2015, we worked in partnership with Network Rail to instal four PADs in Edinburgh’s Waverley Station. The defibrillators were deployed four times in the first year, saving two people.

We also partnered with Scottish Golf in 2015, in a three year scheme which saw around 70 defibrillators provided to golf clubs across the country.

In 2016, our team of volunteers in Edinburgh launched the St John and the City Defibrillator Project. The project has gone from strength to strength, and to date has seen more than 120 defibrillators placed across Edinburgh and the surrounding area, including at Edinburgh Castle, and one on each of the city's trams.

You can find out more about Edinburgh's St John and the City Project here.

We are keen to work with community groups and individuals to provide public access defibrillators where they are most needed across Scotland. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more.

If you are interested in obtaining a Public Access Defibrillator, you may also find it helpful to consult the Scottish Government’s guide to defibrillators.

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