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What is an AED and why are they so important?

An AED is a type of defibrillator that can help and support in rescuing a patient who is in cardiac arrest. They work by checking the heart’s rhythm and sends a shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm if it is irregular.

In the UK there are over 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) each year, where emergency medical services attempt to resuscitate the victim. However, the survival rate is very low – just 1 in 10 people in the UK survive an OHCA. Early CPR and use of an AED can double the chances of surviving an OHCA!

Partnering with Community Heartbeat Trust

As a co-operative that puts our communities at the heart of everything we do, we believe that AEDs should be available to the community day and night so that they are there for anyone who needs critical first response cardiac support at any time.

Working in partnership since 2013 with Community Heartbeat Trust, the UK’s leading provider of community Defibrillator Solutions,  we've now had 38 defibrillator units installed thanks to the support of our members, colleagues, and local communities.

Watch the video below to find out more about our partnership...

4 steps to take if someone is having a cardiac arrest

Cardiac arrests can happen to anyone, at any time. The following steps give someone the best chance of survival. If you come across someone in cardiac arrest:

  1. Call 999

  2. Start CPR

  3. Ask someone to bring a defibrillator if there’s one nearby

  4. Turn on the defibrillator and follow its instructions

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Training & Advice from Community Heartbeat Trust

Watch the video below from Community Heartbeat Trust to find out about:

  • How to use the defibrillator
  • What you should do in an emergency
  • How to check and maintain your defibrillator to make sure it's in working order

Getting an AED Installed

We're constantly working with our communities to continue to develop this program and support the installation of additional AED units housed on our sites, *to find out more about how this process works contact us at

*note that Your Co-op works with Community Heartbeat Trust to install defibrillator units to a specific standard therefore it may not be possible for us to agree to the installation of units that do not meet these standards.

Advice & support from Your Co-op Pharmacy

If you want advice on how you can maintain a Healthy Heart, it’s good to get some information about high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) and what can be done. Visit the Your Co-op Pharmacy website here for information on subjects like:

  • How to manage your blood pressure

  • Maintain a healthy and balanced diet

  • Regular Exercise

  • Stop Smoking

  • What are the causes of high Cholesterol?

  • Lifestyle causes

  • Heath conditions

  • What is hypertension

  • What do the blood pressure numbers mean?

  • How you can reduce blood pressure

And if you want to check your heart health, then visitor our Blood Pressure Monitor product page.

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