Do you know somewhere that needs a defib?

Defibrillator on wall located at Sea Palling Beach

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) and the Department of Health have launched a £1m scheme to make public access defibrillators and CPR training more available across England.

Earlier this year, the Trust invested in 1,000 new automated external defibrillators (AED) in premises such as sports clubs, village halls, schools and libraries.

And one of those defibrillators – at Bramford Golf Centre, near Ipswich – was used by staff at the golf centre when a man collapsed on the morning of 28th August. Thanks to the efforts of our paramedic, crew and the East Anglian Air Ambulance, we managed to get the patient’s heart beating again before taking him to hospital.

After three weeks in hospital, the patient was discharged and is on course to make a full recovery.

We all know that defibrillators save lives - the BHF programme is open to charities, social enterprises, community groups and commercial organisations, working in partnership with the ambulance service.

If you know of a place that you think needs one, you can check if they are eligible and apply for the free community package by visiting

Published 14th October, 2015

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