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Keeping your details in a message bottle
12:00pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has joined forces with the Lions Club to deliver the Message in a Bottle scheme.
The scheme is aimed at encouraging people living on their own to keep basic personal and medical details in an accessible location where it can be found in an emergency.
It has been running for some time and is now expanding across the south west. South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT), with the Lions Club, will act as a distribution point when ambulance clinicians identify vulnerable people within the community.
The bottles are free from local health centres, doctors’ surgeries or chemists. Ambulance crews will also give them to patients they attend who they feel could benefit from the scheme.
The bottles should be kept in the fridge, where community healthcare professionals know to look for them and should contain all relevant medical information, including copies of repeat prescriptions and next of kin details.
If more than one person lives at the address each member of the household should complete a separate form and attach a passport-size photo to the form.
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