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A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.

Use of a defibrillator, combined with CPR, is the only effective treatment for a person who has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

SCA is a condition where the heart either stops or beats in such a chaotic way it doesn’t pump blood around the body. It can happen to anyone of any age and often without warning. SCA remains the UK’s single biggest cause of death, killing approximately 60,000 people each year. Nationally, the average survival rates from SCA outside of hospital are around 7% but it’s possible to increase survival rates to more than 60% if CPR and a defibrillator are used prior to the ambulance arriving.

We are running a campaign to increase the number of public access defibrillators (PADs) in the city so that more life-saving help is available to anyone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.

Using a PAD

PADs are stored in locked cabinets. When you dial 999 to report that someone has collapsed, the operator will advise you where your nearest one is and give you the code to unlock it. This means they’re safe from tampering.

The operator will stay on the phone whilst you help the individual but the defibrillator also gives clear verbal instructions and is very easy to use.

The defibrillator won’t deliver a shock if the person’s heart is beating and it won’t work if the pads haven’t been positioned correctly so you can’t harm anyone.

Where are defibrillators located in Portsmouth?

PADsDefibrillators within buildings (not available 24 hours)

Portsmouth University: Marine Science building, Eastney; Langstone Campus; St Pauls Sports centre

Portsmouth International Ferry Port

Premier Southsea Marina, Fort Cumberland Road

MediKa Dental Surgery, Devonshire Avenue, Southsea

Milton Village Hall (installation November 2016)

Eastney Community Centre (installation December 2016)

Hovertravel, Clarence Esplanade

Rocksbys café, Southsea (installation November/December 2016)

Paulsgrove Housing Office, Allaway Avenue (installation December 2016)

Civic Offices, Guildhall Square (installation November/December 2016)

Premier Marina, Lock Approach

Portsmouth Football Club (installation November 2016)

King George Fifth Playing Field Pavilion PO6 3XA

Farlington Sports Pavilion PO6 1RR

Rugby Camp Pavilion PO3 5EP

Eastney Toilet Block Eastney Esplanade PO4 9NB

St Georges Road Toilet Block Eastney Esplanade PO4 8GE

Wightlink Ferries, The Hard

Wightlink Ferries, Gunwharf Road

St George's Beneficial C of E Primary School, Portsea

Portsmouth Harbour Cruising Club

Scout headquarters, Paignton Avenue, Copnor

TY UK Ltd, Robson Way, Anchorage Park

Mary Rose Academy, Southsea

Pyramids Centre, Southsea

Stagecoach Ltd, Walton Road

Cosham Masonic Club

Millbrook Healthcare, Railway Triangle, Walton Road, Cosham

Mountbatten Centre

Charter Community Sports Centre

Wimbledon Park Sports Centre

Eastney Swimming Pool

Portsmouth Tennis & Gymnastics Centre

Portsmouth Watersports Centre

Lyndhurst Junior School, North End

Solent Junior School, Drayton

Queens Road Surgery, Buckland

Kirklands Surgery, Copnor

The Drayton Surgery

North Harbour Medical Group, Cosham

Hanway Road Surgery, Fratton

Stubbington Avenue Surgery, North End

Paulsgrove Community Centre PO64JB

City Museum, Museum Road, Portsmouth PO1 2LJ

South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) has created an app called Save a Life which you can use to find out where defibrillators are near you. Download from the app store on your phone or search ‘save a life’ on the SCAS website. The app also provides more information on SCA, defibrillators and CPR.

If you’re aware of a defibrillator in an office, school or community/leisure building you use, please email to make sure it’s on the South Central Ambulance Service database.

How can I get involved in the campaign?

Please contact if you would like to find out more about:

  • Getting a defibrillator for your organisation, school or community building
  • Fundraising for a defibrillator
  • Sponsoring a defibrillator in your local area

We can provide:

  • Ability to purchase a defibrillator at a discounted cost
  • Access to a provider to install your defibrillator
  • Opportunities for CPR training
  • Details of how you could sponsor a defibrillator
  • Potential funding for a defibrillator if it’s in one of the key need areas in the city