(Updated 24/03/2020)

Dear Partner,


Following the announcement of the Prime Minister on 23/3/20, we have updated our guidance re community defibrillators (cPADs).


As you will be aware there is a concern about the spread of Coronavirus in the UK. Part of the steps being taken to reduce the spread and likelihood of infection is self-isolation and the cleaning of hands and surfaces, and also reducing the potential for contact amongst people.


The following video by the BBC is particularly useful and informative:




This will impact upon your community. We have already postponed all group presentations, and community training and awareness seminars until further notice. Many of our trainers are themselves healthcare workers and may also be called in at short notice to assist in the treatment of patients. We will continue with installations/deliveries of defibrillators where possible.


One of the questions we are being asked is whether the defibrillator equipment should continue to be checked?


Yes. Checking a medical device is considered an essential journey.


These are medical devices and must be kept in a ready state to be used. This involved regular checks and where required replacements electrodes/batteries/rescue kits etc. We accept that the regularity of checks may change but please check whenever possible and when passing. Checks should be undertaken on average weekly, but not more than a month apart.


In addition, may we also suggest that these additional steps are taken as part of your checks on the defibrillator equipment:

  1. Wear disposable or washable gloves
  2. Clean the cabinets/wall rack and contents with an anti-bacterial wipe, or a mild solution of soap and bleach using a damp (not wet) cloth.
  3. Clean the actual defibrillator similarly, again using a damp cloth, not wet.
  4. Dry both using disposable towel or tissues if required.
  5. If you have an emergency 999 telephone, this will also need wiping down.
  6. Dispose of the cloth and any disposable gloves afterwards (reusable gloves wash with soap/bleach)
  7. Wash your hands

If your defibrillator is co-located with a book exchange in a kiosk, then we suggest removing the books for the period of this crisis, and also cleaning the kiosk regularly, particularly the door handle.


For more information please do look at the NHS 111 website, and if you feel unwell, contact 111, and do not attend any community training or awareness sessions.


Thank you for your understanding at this time.




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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