Keep a message in a bottle for emergency

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PEOPLE with long-term medical conditions are being encouraged to keep a message in a bottle so information can be found easily in an emergency.

South Central Ambulance Service (Scas) is recommending people living with a disability or long-term health condition, to get involved in the Lions club’s Message in a Bottle scheme.

The idea encourages people to keep basic personal and medical details, including a list of the medication they take or a repeat prescription form, and keep it in the fridge, as this is usually the last appliance to burn in a fire.

There are two labels – one to be put on the front door and the other on the fridge to let the emergency services know you’re taking part.

Clinical mentor Karen Skillicorn-Aston said: ‘You don’t have to be old or infirm to be unwell. For your ambulance service, having access to a Message in a Bottle can be a real lifesaver.

‘When a patient is in pain or distressed the last thing they need is to be quizzed about their life. Often we have to waste valuable time in rummaging around for a patient’s medication – time that could be much better spent in getting them care at hospital.’

People are reminded to update their messages each time their medicine changes, to keep a passport-sized photo and details of allergies.

To find your nearest Lions club call 0845 833 9502.