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Public Access Defibrillators - St John Scotland

Public Access Defibrillators

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

Approximately 3,500 people undergo attempted resuscitation each year after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, but currently only around 1 in 20 survive. Defibrillation works in synergy with CPR, and is most effective the earlier it is performed.  Delivering a defibrillatory electrical shock to the heart within 3-5 minutes of collapse can produce survival rates as high as 75%. (source: Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest, A strategy for Scotland, The Scottish Government, March 2015)

In 2008, St John Scotland placed PADs in towns and villages around Angus, which are maintained by local St John First Responders. St John Scotland defibrillators have also been placed in the likes of West Lothian, Perth and Galashiels.

In 2015, St John Scotland, in partnership with Network Rail, installed four PADs in Edinburgh’s Waverley Station. The defibrillators were deployed four times in the first year, saving two people.

St John Scotland 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, St John Scotland’s Edinburgh team launched the St John and the City Defibrillator Project. The project has gone from strength to strength, and to date has seen more than 130 defibrillators placed across Edinburgh and the surrounding area.

On Valentines Day 2017, St John Scotland teamed up with Edinburgh Trams and various donor businesses to install defibrillators on the fleet of trams in and around the city. 

Edinburgh's Past Lord Provost Donald Wilson launched the project. He said: "Nobody in Edinburgh should need to think twice before using a defibrillator in an emergency, which is why I am delighted St John and the city will be offering advice and training to tram staff. Not only can the machines help passengers in need, they can be taken off the carriage and used at tram stations."

You can find out more about Edinburgh's St John and the City Project here: www.stjohnandthecity.org.uk

We are keen to hear from community groups, individuals and organisations who are interested in working with us to provide public access defibrillators across Scotland. 

If you'd like more information about how you can get involved, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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