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.
Are you part of a group or organisation that could raise money to help purchase a defibrillator for your local community?
If you can raise enough to cover approximately 75% of the cost of a defibrillator (and outdoor cabinet if necessary), we may be able to help with the remainder, and support you to get the defibrillator installed.
You could make a one-off donation, or hold several fundraising activities and challenges to help raise the money. Why not come up with some fun ideas for how you can do it? We can provide support and advice – let us know how we can help.
We’ll also provide CPR training and a defibrillator familiarisation session to your group to ensure people are comfortable using the device, and know what to do in an emergency.
St John and the City
Our Edinburgh committee run the St John and the City Public Access 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 135 defibrillators across Edinburgh, including one on each of Edinburgh’s trams. In the past twelve months, five of the defibrillators installed under the scheme have been successfully deployed, saving four people who had suffered from cardiac arrest.
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. Visit the website at www.stjohnandthecity.org.uk to find out how you can get involved.