Call to organisations to register life-saving defibrillators on national database

Published Tuesday 4 July 2023

Harborough District Council is encouraging organisations to register defibrillators on a national database.

Red phone box housing a defibrillator
Red phone box housing a defibrillator

Many defibrillators never get used because emergency services do not know where they are or how to access them.

The Circuit – the national defibrillator network – provides a national overview of where defibrillators are located. Registering a defibrillator with The Circuit enables emergency services, including first responders, to locate the nearest publicly accessible external defibrillators (AEDs) when they are treating someone suffering from out of hospital sudden cardiac arrest.

Cllr Phil Knowles, Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “As the country marks the 75th anniversary of the NHS, it feels timely to support front-line NHS staff in their important work by encouraging organisations to make sure that their defibrillators are registered and are in good working order.

“Whether it’s in a local pub, shopping centre, community centre or office - every defibrillator matters. Registration could be the difference between life and death.”

Registration is simple and quick to do. For more information and to register an AED visit