To date, 5000 kiosks have been converted for community projects.

We all want more community defibrillators to be installed and whilst clearly, a community is at liberty to obtain their AED from any source they wish and a redundant kiosk is often an ideal location in which to house it, communities are being advised by some retailers and organisations that BT will routinely supply whatever electricity is required. This is not the case. After adoption of the kiosk, If a community wishes to use more than the 8 Watts allowed for the light, they must receive written permission from BT and in order to start the permission process, a business case must be submitted.

Alternatively, if the project is done via CHT, then this permission is granted via the charity. Without this permission and to avoid what amounts to the offence of abstracting electricity, contrary to section 13 of the Theft Act 1968, a community will need to arrange an alternate supply which will incur not only a monthly charge, but also a significant meter installation cost, and quarterly standing charges.

Statement from BT March 2016,

“We recommend Community Heartbeat Trust to supply defibrillators due to their compliance to BS7671 electrical safety standards. cabinet compliant to BS7671-416/417 in its construction by ISO 9001/2 certified manufacturer. Also, a Governance system to demonstrate the management of the defibrillator. BT works closely with CHT and they are our preferred route for defibrillator installations, they have written consent from us to connect a defibrillator"


Those wishing to adopt their kiosk as part of a community defibrillator project can do so if you are part of one of the following bodies..

  • Recognised local authority (e.g. District/Borough Council)
  • Parish/Community/Town Council or equivalent
  • Registered charity or Community Interest Company
  • Private landowner. (Anyone who has one of our telephone boxes on their land)

The scheme is not available to other individuals, community groups such as residents associations or commercial organisations. 

Community Heartbeat can adopt the kiosk on the communities behalf if as a group/individual you cannot apply or if you would prefer for CHT to handle the adoption process. If you would like to request this please use the online Adoption Request Form

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Please make sure you have read and understood this disclaimer - It will be assumed that you have read prior to CHT receiving any request. CHT are not responsible for your fund raising, nor your cPAD operations, but may assist in both. CHTs only aim is to support the installation of a cPAD scheme in the most cost effective way possible adhering to Best Practice, and help save lives in your community. This website, and any downloaded information, is for information only on how to go about obtaining and installing a cPAD, and other relevant information. All copyrights and trademarks are recognised. All support for the cPAD will be undertaken by the village committee responsible and via standard manufacturers warranties. Any training organisation will only be responsible for the initial awareness training and not for the functioning or maintenance of the AED. Please do not send any monies to CHT until you have registered your scheme with us, and have agreement from the local ambulance service for the establishment of a cPAD scheme. All schemes must be registered with the local ambulance service (CHT will also undertake this or you can do via this site, but this does not remove responsibility for you to notify the local ambulance service of your AED location). 999/112 (ambulance) must always be called prior to using a cPAD equipment. VAT may be applicable if your organisation is not an eligible body as defined by HMRC. All current or historical claims for VAT will be met by the local community. All schemes will be asked to sign an agreement taking responsibility for their own fund raising and donations to CHT, and then the operation and maintenance of the cPAD equipment. All CHT provided schemes will need to manage their maintenance through the WebNoS online system as a condition of CHT support. It is your responsibility to maintain the equipment in working order and to make sure the local ambulance service is aware of this. WebNoS makes this possible and also acts as an audit trail for management of the equipment. Sites provided by CHT and not using WebNoS may be disengaged from the ambulance service CAD systems. Any web site showing defibrillator locations is for information only, and should not be used in preference to dialling 999. CHT works in close cooperation with the UK ambulance services. Always dial 999 in an emergency

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