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Barthol Chapel's Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is situated at the school entrance and accessible 24 hours a day.

An AED is a portable device that automatically sends an electric shock to the heart muscle to return it to its normal rhythm. Once opened, it provides full instructions on what you should do. You do not need training to use the defibrillator, but some would help you to feel more confident.

AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest; this is when a person's heart stops working and they are unconscious and not breathing. Rapid response using automated technology can significantly improve the quality of life of a survivor, as the longer the brain is starved of oxygen, the more damage can occur.  An AED is especially designed for people with no medical background.  When applied to the victim, voice commands and screen messages will guide the user step-by-step through the process and its intelligent technology will only allow it to shock a ‘shockable’ heart rhythm. AED technology opens a window for the public to take on a key role to support emergency services who would otherwise be hindered by the time it takes to reach the victim.

There are defibrillators at these locations accessible 24 hours a day:
  • Barthol Chapel School

  • Hattoncrook Deli

  • Pitmedden Public Hall

  • Tarves, Melvin Hall

  • Udny Green, Phone Box

If you are interested in the free training sessions, please contact Udny Community Trust on
​01651 843776 or

First Responders

Could you be a first responder? Can you help save life and help the emergency services in our area as a volunteer?

Why not find out more and see if you can do something that helps you with new skills; your family and the wider community by being part of emergency responses for help. Be part of a great team of local people helping by responding first to medical emergencies to assist paramedics and the ambulance or doctors services in the Formartine Area.
Download a copy of the first responders leaflet to see what you could do.

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