When a person has a sudden cardiac arrest their heart ceases to function normally, either by stopping altogether or the normal rhythm becomes disrupted.

For every minute that someone’s in cardiac arrest without having a defibrillator used on them, their chance of survival decreases by 10%. That’s why it’s so important to act immediately.

A defibrillator helps to establish a regular heartbeat during a cardiac arrest by monitoring the person’s heartbeat and giving them an electric shock if necessary. A defibrillator is easy to use and doesn’t require training, but it could make the difference between life and death.

A defibrillator will not harm the person suffering a cardiac arrest and will only give them a shock if and when it is needed. There’s no reason to feel nervous about using a defibrillator – just follow its simple instructions, and know that using it could save someone’s life.

There are three AEDs in Balcombe:

Bramble Hall

Bramble Hall map

AED to the front of Bramble Hall Front of Bramble Hall showing the AED

Train Station

On the front of the ticket office (southbound platform)  Balcombe train station map

Cricket Club

On the front of the cricket pavilion Balcombe cricket club map

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