Put defibrillators in phone boxes, say communities

More and more communities are looking into purchasing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for use in an emergency.

In 2008, BT introduced the Adopt A Kiosk scheme which has allowed a number of defibrillators to be located in phone boxes.

Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East, has added her voice to those asking for more phone boxes to be made available.

She said: “Every two minutes of every day someone in the UK suffers a heart attack but a patient who is defibrillated immediately has an 85% chance of survival.

‘‘Each minute delay with no intervention reduces this by 5%. With the national eight-minute response time allowed for an ambulance to arrive, this will potentially result in the patient’s chance of survival being reduced to 45%.

“Many rural communities see an emergency ambulance response time far higher than urban communities and therefore there is a significant case for more life-saving defibrillators to be located in rural communities.”