Using a defibrillator alongside CPR can dramatically increase survival rates for cardiac arrest.
St John Scotland wants to help communities across Scotland have access to a Public Access Defibrillator, so that more people can be within reach of a life-saving device in the vital first minutes of cardiac arrest.
Due to demand, our Community Defibrillator Project is currently closed to new applications. We expect to relaunch the scheme at the start of the new financial year in April 2020. If you are interested in obtaining a Public Access Defibrillator, you may find it helpful to consult the Scottish Government’s guide to defibrillators in the meantime.
St John and the City
Volunteers from our Edinburgh area run the St John and the City defibrillator project. The project aims to increase access to defibrillators across Edinburgh and the surrounding areas, and was launched in August 2016 with the support of the then-Lord Provost, Donald Wilson.
Now in its second year, the project has gone on to place more than 120 defibrillators across Edinburgh, including one on each of Edinburgh’s trams.
If you are based in Edinburgh or the surrounding area and would like to get involved in the project, either by donating a defibrillator, hosting it at your premises, or being a volunteer guardian to regularly check defibrillators across the city, we’d love to hear from you. You can read more about the project and how to get involved here.