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Your Nearest Defib in Wales

Your Nearest Defib in Wales

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How Mumbles, Swansea, became the UK’s first “Defib Friendly” community, in five simple steps:

  • A small working party was formed from the community.
  • They understood where the current 24 hour and non 24 hour defibrillators were, then identified where new units were needed.
  • A budget was established to purchase these new units, signage and other items. Fund-raising started through various means.
  • With funds raised, defibrillators, signage, stickers, information boards were purchased and installed.
  • 16 community training sessions and a social media campaign was held to inform all levels of the community and repeated six months later.

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Our Partners

British Heart Foundation (Wales)
NHS ABU Public Health
St John Cymru-Wales
Swansea University Medical School Swansea Bay Health Board
Zoll Medical
City & County of Swansea
Neath Port Talbot CBC
University of Wales Trinity Saint David

A Community Approach

With timely defibrillator intervention there is the opportunity to raise the survival rate up to 75%. Therefore, we need to optimise what already exists within the community by:

In 6 Simple Steps:

  • Wherever possible, moving defibrillators ‘hidden’ within buildings outside to make them 24-hour public accessible (cost could be met by the Charity).
  • Encouraging owners of privately held defibrillators to publicise their defibrillator by placing external signage, thereby allowing public usage.
  • Engaging with traders and retailers and encouraging them to place window stickers which will provide directions to the nearest located defibrillator.
  • Installing community signage (e.g., on lamp posts) to provide directions and distance to nearest located defibrillator.

  • Identifying ‘Champions’ from the community to promote the use of defibrillators and to help monitor signage and located defibrillators.

  • Conduct regular community training sessions in the use of CPR and defibrillation, free of charge.

Fundraising Reculator

Registered Charity 1185996