Manchester Defibrillator Scheme 

CityCo runs an easy-access heart defibrillator scheme in partnership with the North West Ambulance Service to ensure life-saving equipment is available in the event of an emergency. An automated external defib (AED) delivers an electric pulse through the chest to restore normal heart rhythm. If used within the first four minutes of a cardiac arrest it can give the casualty an 80% chance of survival.

The initiative is increasing the number such defibrillators across the city centre, ensuring people are never more than 3 minutes away (walking distance) from a potentially life-saving device.

AED Locations

The scheme was initially rolled out in the Piccadilly area of the city as part of a pilot which has now been extended to span the entire city centre including the Northern Quarter, Spinningfields, Deansgate, New Islington and Oxford Road.

There are now over 120 defibrillators located across the city centre, with 25% of these accessible 24/7 to the public. 24/7 defibrillators are mainly located in city centre hotels including Doubletree By Hilton, Jury’s Inn, Hotel Gotham, Hotel Brooklyn, Hilton Manchester Deansgate, Velvet Hotel & Bar, Whitworth Locke and Macdonald Manchester Hotel as well as at Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria, First Street and City Tower.

A further 15 Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) are in advertising kiosks across the city centre including outside Zara on New Cathedral Street and Adidas on Market Street.

Key city centre venues such as The Printworks, Manchester Arndale, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester Cathedral, the National Football Museum and the Science and Industry Museum, alongside businesses including Brabners, Hill Dickinson LLP and Peninsula are all signed up to the scheme and now offer access to a defibrillator during operating hours.


Trained Users

An integral part of the scheme is the training of staff at these venues and businesses to provide them with confidence when using defibrillators in an emergency.

To date, more than 200 staff have been trained through the initiative across various sectors, from hoteliers to professional services.

The initiative also assists businesses in terms of ensuring maintenance of defibrillators as part of routine business health and safety checks, supported by Steroplast, which is working in partnership with NWAS and CityCo to facilitate access to defibrillators, servicing, business guidance and best practice.

Install a Machine

Contact us to enquire about installing a defib machine. If you already have a defib, please register it with North West Ambulance Service in order to notify the ambulance service that it can be used in an emergency.

If you are a CityCo or Manchester BID Member, and need assistance, please email