Welcome to the Heartstart Thatcham Defibrillator / AED page. You can find out what an AED is by reading our article "What is all this about AEDs?", our Phones2AED scheme and a short background to our scheme can be read on "Our AED Schemes."
We run a scheme to place AEDs in and around Thatcham and Newbury, we have even placed them as far afield as Calcot. In most cases these are located on the exterior wall of a building in a coded cabinet. In a medical emergency you ring 999, if the casualty is in cardiac arrest then if you are near an AED the operator will give you the code to the cabinet so that you can access and use the AED. All of us that do this are volunteers, we raise funds to be able to purchase the devices and maintain them. We do this for one reason, to save lives.
So where will the AEDs be located and when can we expect to see them? When depends on how soon we are able to obtain permission to place AEDs on buildings and funding. Where depends on a number of factors but have several already planned or being discussed including:
- The Slade, Bucklebury
- Thatcham Railway Station
We aim to make most of our AEDs available 24/7. A few are being installed inside venues where access will be restricted, for example within a school. While the venue, e.g. school, is open the AED will be available to anyone. All are registered with South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS). We are installing AEDs at other locations too in an ad-hoc way.
Most of our systems are available 24/7 and all are registered with South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) who also have a map of all AEDs on their Start a Heart web page, please note it may take a while for them to show on the map but they are all on their system.
Below is a map of the Public Access Defibrillators that Heartstart Thatcham have installed, many of which we also maintain. Note we have helped to supply and install more than shown. All devices are registered with South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) who are able to deploy them when needed. Staff at each venue also have access to the devices and many are trained how to use it too. SCAS also have a website where you can find more locations of many more defibrillators - see Start a heart.
- Device available 24/7.
- Device NOT available 24/7. See specific device for availability.
- Device supplied and/or installed by Heartstart Thatcham but NOT maintained by us (i.e. handed over to venue or other group). See specific device for details.
Remember: the first thing to do in any medical emergency is to call 999.