Message in the fridge could save your life

Glenn McPeak, East Midlands Ambulance Service Delivery Manager and Paramedic, Matt Baggott Chief Constable of Leics Constabulary, Andy Pemberton, Lions Club district governor and Howard Robinson, from Leics Fire and Rescue Service at the launch of the Message in a Bottle scheme, at Police HQ, Enderby, Thursday, January 15.

Message in the fridge
A scheme to save lives by people leaving a message for the emergency services in their fridge is being launched.

Message in a Bottle is designed to let the emergency responders easily find out about the health of the person they are treating.

The idea is a way of getting vital information across quickly and simply in an emergency. The bottles are available free of charge from about 150 pharmacies in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland taking part in the project.

The scheme uses a distinctive green and white plastic bottle which is filled with a form giving personal details, including what medication the person is using and an emergency contact.

This is then placed inside the person’s fridge and warning stickers put on the outside of the fridge and inside the front door. If that person then becomes ill, any paramedics called would see the stickers and be able to find the bottle in the fridge.

Thanks to the information in the container, they could treat the patient appropriately, knowing what medication or treatment to give and what to avoid, and the person’s emergency contact could also be advised of what has happened.

Sponsored by the Lions charity, Message In A Bottle is being implemented by Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s Local Resilience Forum (LRF), a partnership of organisations and agencies which deals with emergencies and includes local councils, the police, health, the Ambulance Service and the Fire and Rescue Service.

Glenn McPeak, East Midlands Ambulance Service Delivery Manager and Paramedic, said: “This idea can save lives and anything that can speed up the treatment we give to a patient is a real help. The bottle helps us find out if the patient already has a medical condition and what treatment they are on. This allows us to quickly give the best treatment. I urge people to get these containers and keep them up to date and in their fridge.”

Alexis Wood, Leicester City Council’s Resilience Manager, said: “The Message In A Bottle scheme is a simple idea but one which is highly effective. The more information an emergency responder can have about someone’s health the better their treatment will be.”

The 150 community pharmacies which have the bottles and forms will display a poster in their windows. For a full list go to: www.localresilienceforum.org.uk.

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