Deployment of AEDs out of practice & Improving Community Access
When a 999 call is made, any registered AED within the area could be potentially deployed with 500m of the incidents confirmed location. NWAS would generally guide the caller to a public access one (CPAD) first as there isn't any restrictions on the access to these. However, sometimes, in the script that the dispatcher and call taker (EMD) reads out, it does say 'if you know where your nearest AED is, go and get it now in case its needed" . This means the caller may run off before any further details for access codes or locations are given, thinking they know where one is.
With dental practices, clinics, surgeries etc this is usually where people assume one is first, and unfortunately even if a practice's AED wasn't registered with NWAS they aren't in control of that happening. They would however do their upmost to send someone to the nearest registered AED and most appropriate locations.
NWAS completely accept the issue that practices may face due to this and can only suggest that if our EMD has directed them to you it's because it was the closest 'available' on the system. The fire station may well have been off line for whatever reason.
NWAS are very keen to make defibrillators publically accessible where possible as research is proven that early access and availability of AEDs saves lives. They would very much like to work with practices if they wish to progress this idea and provide their community with a public access defib. They have provided LASC LDC with guidance to host of what, when and where to purchase in line with NWAS recommendations.
NWAS have also advised practices to contact them if you would prefer your AED to be removed from the register to try and prevent it's use following a 999 call.