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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19904: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 13 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to introduce a standardised identification system for all public access defibrillators to enable the Scottish Ambulance Service to more easily locate them in an emergency situation.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 22 November 2018

The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) Register is the arrangement in operation for PADs already in place, in a variety of locations, to be mapped, maintained and accessible to the public. This enables SAS call handlers to direct a caller at the location of a cardiac arrest to a PAD when one is nearby. This meets a commitment in Scotland's Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy for Scotland.

In addition Scottish Ambulance Service is an early adopter site in the British Heart Foundation National Defibrillator Network project. This aims to map and locate every PAD in the UK on all ambulance service systems.