Location of Public Access Defibs

Peter Cipral made this Freedom of Information request to South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust,

Following the recent news story in the Telegraph whereby the Trust may have used defibrillators to "clock stop" please can you advise me of where one might find public access defibrillators within your region.

I am aware you have previously refused such a request claiming an exemption for commercially sensitive information, might I ask for clarification as to how the location of such life saving equipment affects the organisation commercially in a way the would allow for it to be exempted from an FOI request.

I am very interested to know where these units are in order that should I ever be in the South East Coast Area and require the use of one I would know where they are.

My research shows that there are over 2000 of these devices listed on your dispatch system which I believe is used to alert people when they make the 999 call - can you confirm if this is the case.

I would like a full list of all the defibrillators that are held on your dispatch system (CAD I think its called) this information should be readily available and not take more than 18 hours to process and retrieve.

A previous response from your team stated "Within the SECAmb area we are aware of 2100 PAD sites however we do not hold a full list showing the individual locations" I believe this to factually incorrect so can you please let me know if you hold a list either on or off your CAD system that has details of the location of these sites.

I have read much literature on this matter and I am not aware that any legal exemption can be applied in this case, the Data Protection Act does not apply as this relates to information on people not sites, and the Trust should have no commercial interest in the these sites. Can I ask that if the Trust has a commercial interest in these site s can I ask for an explanation of that the interest is.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Peter Cipral

Freedom of Information, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Cipral

Thank you for your enquiry under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) to which I have allocated the reference FOI/15/12/02.

We are dealing with your request and aim to provide a response within 20 working days of receipt.

If I can do anything else to help, please let me know.

Regards
Julie Rayner
Freedom of Information Coordinator (Lewes Office)

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Direct Dial: 0300 123 0999
Email: [South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust request email]

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Freedom of Information, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Cipral

Please see attached our letter and spreadsheet in response to your enquiry under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) reference FOI/15/12/02.

Regards
Julie Rayner
Freedom of Information Coordinator (Lewes Office)

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Direct Dial: 0300 123 0999
Email: [South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust request email]

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