Defibrillators with 24-hour access have been installed outside Elliotts branches in Southampton, Ringwood, Lymington and Portsmouth.

Elliotts branches in Fareham, Bishop’s Waltham, Chandler’s Ford, Christchurch, Romsey, Tadley, Totton and Winchester have defibrillators located in-branch available to the local community during opening hours.

The potentially life-saving devices can increase the cardiac arrest survival rate to between 60-70%, with normal CPR giving just a 10% chance.

If defibrillation occurs within one minute of the victim collapsing, they have a 90% chance of survival. The installation of defibrillators within local communities may prove a vital resource.

The investment from Elliotts comes after first aid refresher training highlighted the importance of defibrillators.

Tom Elliott, Managing Director of Elliotts, said: “It was easy to see how vital these machines can be in terms of the potential to save the life of an employee, customer or anyone nearby to an Elliotts that may need one.”

“I’m pleased that our investment will benefit all the communities in our 13 locations.”