Users store vital medial information in their fridge
At the recent Bedford and District Neighbourhood Watch meeting, delegates were given their own ‘Message in a Bottle‘.
These small plastic bottles help to save vulnerable people’s lives. Issued by the Lions Club, this free scheme is used by emergency and social services personnel to find vital medical information and emergency contacts.
The bottle is supplied with a form and two green cross stickers
The form includes a photograph of the user, basic medical details, information on where prescribed medicines are kept in the home, emergency contact numbers, any allergies etc.
A section of the form also contains useful information if the patient is diagnosed with Dementia or Alzheimer’s in case they may wander off. This information could be useful to the emergency services when trying to locate the user.
The form is put back in the bottle and then stored in the fridge. By using this common location, and displaying a sticker on the fridge door, the attending emergency services will be able to find it.
The second sticker is placed on the front door or the main entrance to the home. If two people live in the house, then they both fill out a form and both forms are stored in the same bottle.
If the user is taken to hospital then the form goes with them and is given to the hospital staff on arrival. It will help them to find the relevant records and arrange treatment as quickly as possible.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service organisation
More than seven million people in Britain and Ireland keep their personal and medication details inside a Lions Message in a Bottle.
The Lions Message in a Bottle can either be obtained from a local Lions Club or Lions Headquarters on 0121 441 4544. Or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service organisation with 46,000 clubs and more than 1.4 million members working within their local communities in over 200 countries. It has 625 Lions Clubs in the British Isles all serving their local communities in our areas of diabetes, environment, hunger relief, childhood cancer and sight.
To find out more about Lions Clubs, who they are and what they do, click here