MIAB Emergency Lions

How It Works

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Message in a Bottle – Emergency Information Scheme

How the scheme works

A bottle is supplied which contains a pre-printed form and two green cross stickers.  The user fills in the form that contains information that clearly identifies them, basic medical details, emergency contact numbers, any allergies, etc.

The form is put back in the bottle and then stored in the fridge.  One of the green cross stickers is put on the door of the fridge and the other is put on the inside of the front door.  If two people live in the house, then they both fill out a form and both forms are stored in the same bottle.

In an emergency, the presence of the green cross stickers will alert the emergency services to the presence of the “Message in a Bottle” and they would search for it in the fridge.  The message will give the emergency services information on any conditions or allergies that the patient suffers from.  If a patient is taken to hospital then the form is taken with them and given to the hospital staff on arrival.  The “Message” helps the hospital staff find the relevant records and arrange treatment as quickly as possible.

The Lions Clubs promote this scheme because we believe that this gives older or vulnerable people more confidence about their treatment in an emergency.  It also gives peace of mind to relatives and friends that essential information will be available in an emergency situation.

The form is light green in colour to easily distinguish it from other forms used in the NHS.

The bottle and leaflets, forms, etc are free to the user and supplied by the Lions Clubs organisation.