Pathhead Village Defibrillator


The defibrillators in the village were provided after fundraising by the Pathhead Youth Project.

There is currently 1 defibrillator (also known as an AED) outside the village hall, 11 Main Street.


It is in a locked heated box. 

The instructions on how to access it and use it are as follows.

  • Start CPR on the patient if possible

  • Call 999

  • Describe the situation clearly and calmly. 

  • Tell them the defibrillator cabinet number SJS-199 and post code EH37 5PZ.  

  • The 999 operator will give you the code to unlock the cabinet. 

  • Enter the code on the key pad and open the cabinet. Pull the handle down.

  • If possible keep on the line and follow the instructions given by the 999 operator.

  • If not open the defibrillator, switch on and follow the instructions. 

  • There are separate instructions for adults and children. For children a special key is inserted first.

  • The defibrillator is programmed to decide how to treat the patient. It will give you instructions on how to place the pads and how to shock the patient if necessary.

Guidelines for giving CPR are as follows. This technique is known as Drs ABC & D. 

However, B – Breathing is now excluded due to Covid-19.

  1. D is for DANGER check the surrounding area for any danger to yourself before going to the person

  2. R is for RESPONCE – lightly shake the persons shoulder – Hello, Hello can you hear me!!

  3. S is for SHOUT – shout for help, call 999 ask for ambulance and leave your mobile on handsfree

  4. A is for AIRWAYS for blockages – tilt head back two fingers on chin and pull down gently.

  5. B is for BREATHING– WE NO LONGER DO THIS PART DUE TO COVID-19 (so now place a cloth, scarf or anything at hand to lightly cover the patients nose and mouth area. Please ensure the coverage does not obstruct the person's breathing and remove after CPR.

  6. C is for COMPRESSIONS/CPR  

    1. remove clothing from chest area 

    2. Get on your knees back in a straight position, Interlock one hand within the other through your fingers

    3. Place hands between the nipples/ centre of chest and start pushing hard aim for 2 beats per second (The song ‘Staying Alive” is 2 beats per second maybe sing it in your head if you know it) and do not stop pushing on chest unless the ambulance arrives, or you are too exhausted to carry on the call handler advised you too.

  7. D is for DEFIBRILLATION if an AED arrives while waiting for the ambulance crew, follow the easy instructions on the unit or the Emergency Call Handlers instructions, continue CPR in between shocks.


All residents are encouraged to watch the instruction videos  below. (links below will take you away from this webpage)

What to do if someone has a heart attack.

Click here

How to use the defibrillator that we have installed and give CPR.

Click here


Further advice and training can be found at here


Thanks to the Pathhead Youth Project for all their fundraising efforts, the PDCA for their support and Davanna Electrics for installing the cabinet. 

If you notice any issues with the cabinet please contact Neil Dumbleton on 07880 235351 or Jackie McNairn 07840 356567 or email