St John and the City defibrillator project
In Edinburgh, our volunteers run the St John and the City defibrillator project.
Launched in 2016, to date the project has to date seen more than 110 defibrillators placed across Edinburgh and the surrounding area, including at Edinburgh Castle, one on each of the city's trams, and dozens of other locations across the capital.
The project works by connecting Donors with Hosts across the city.
Donors may be small or large businesses, community groups or inidividuals who wish to donate funds for a defibrillator and cabinet. Becoming a donor presents a good opportunity for organisations to demonstrate their commitment to the safety of their staff, people who use their services, and the general public.
Hosts are venues which agree to install the defibrillator on their premises - preferably outside, so the defibrillator can be accessed by members of the public 24/7. Ideal Hosts are venues in busy parts of the city, with large numbers of visitors or passers by. Hosts don't have to be in the city centre of Edinburgh; we need locations all across the city to make sure everyone has access to life-saving defibrillators.
Meanwhile, Guardians look after the defibrillators, checking them regularly to make sure they are in working order and ready to be used at a moment's notice. Guardians are sometimes connected to the Donor or Host, but can also be a volunteer who reports back to the project team to ensure information is kept up to date.
All St John and the City defibrillators are registered with the Scottish Ambulance Service, so 999 call handlers can direct anyone responding to a cardiac arrest to their nearest accessible defibrillator.
Whenver a defibrillator is installed, CPR training is also offered to the Host and Donor, increasing the awareness of life-saving techniques among staff and visitors.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a Donor or Host,
or would like to make a donation to the St John and the City defibrillator project,
In this video, Bryan Finlay of the Scottish Ambulance Service demonstrates how easy it is to use a Public Access Defibrillator:
We are grateful to the following Donors for donating defibrillators to the project: