The local community in the Stone area will better protected after the installation of a new Public Access Defibrillator on the wall outside AEDdonate Charity Shop on Stone High Street.

The AED (Automated External Defibrillator) was previously housed inside the shop but has now been made accessible to the public 24/7 by means of an external defibrillator cabinet on the wall outside.

Jamie Richards, Chief Executive of AEDdonate said “The chance of survival after Sudden Cardiac Arrest decreases minute by minute, but if someone is shocked with a defibrillator within 3 minutes their chance of survival increases by 70 %.

Having an AED within a 1/2-mile radius from wherever you are I believe is a must. We would welcome further communities to get in touch to see if we can help.”

If anyone dials 999 to a patient who is in cardiac arrest in the area, the caller will be advised on the location of the defibrillator and provided with the code to open the secure cabinet in which it is housed. The ambulance call assessor has the ability to talk to any caller, defibrillator trained or not, through instructions on how to use the device as well as CPR techniques. The defibrillator itself also provides voice guidance throughout and pictorial guides are also present.

If you would like more information on how you or your business can donate a defibrillator to a Community Public Access Site visit