"Message in a Bottle" scheme is launched by Harpenden Lions Club
(13th September 2005)
Harpenden Lions is funding a life saving project which helps the frail, elderly and those living alone to store vital medical and personal information in such a way that it can be easily found by emergency services.
The "Message in a Bottle" scheme was started by a police officer in Perth in Scotland and has been enthusiastically taken up by Lions and other clubs around the country.
People taking part fill in a short form detailing name, doctor, medication and other useful information. The confidential information is stored in a plastic bottle in the fridge - a secure and easily-identifiable location. A label is also placed inside the front door of the house and on the fridge to draw the attention of emergency services to its existence.
Harpenden Lions Club is distributing the kits with the support of the emergency services and the co-operation of medical and community services.
The kits are available free of charge, with the compliments of Harpenden Lions Club, from pharmacies, surgeries and other key locations such as the Day Centre or the Town Hall Information Point.
John Hunt, Lions Club member is heading up the project. "This simple scheme saves lives and helps the paramedics and doctors by giving them the essential information they may need. We are pleased to be able to help the community in this way."
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