Message in a Bottle

What is it?

The Lions Message in a Bottle scheme is a simple idea designed to encourage people to keep their personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location – the fridge.  Whilst it is focused on the more vulnerable people in our community, anyone can have an accident at home, so this scheme can benefit anyone, including you.

How does it work?

As the name suggests, the personal information is kept in a small plastic bottle.    The bottle has a push-fit lid and is big enough to hold the necessary information.  The bottle is then kept in the fridge, where the emergency services will expect to look for it in the event of being called to your home.  They will be alerted to your membership of the scheme by two ‘green cross’ labels.  One is fixed to the back of the front door (or the door most used to access the premises), the second is attached to the door of the fridge.

Where can I get the bottle?

Bottles can be obtained from many outlets locally including health centres, doctor’s surgeries (including Alresford), chemists, the Community Centre, The Herald Office in Alton and The Lions Stall on our monthly Craft Market. We continue to look for new venues so if you think we are missing one please let us know.

How Much Does IT COST

There is no cost to the user.  Costs of running the scheme locally are borne by Alton Lions Club.

What information is needed?

The information you need to provide is quite straightforward, but you may like to ask a relative, neighbour or carer to help you complete the form.

The form also has a space for a passport size photograph, but this is only necessary when there is more than one person living at the premises (to aid identification).

Information required to complete the form is:

  • Your full name and brief physical description
  • Your doctors name and the surgery address & telephone number
  • A brief description of any medical conditions you are suffering from – your doctor or carer will help if you are uncertain
  • The names, addresses and telephone numbers of two persons who may be contacted in the event of an emergency – sudden illness or accident
  • Details of any pets which may be on the premises and need to be cared for
  • Are you a Carer? If so, for whom and where do they live?

In addition, it is strongly recommend that users also include your repeat prescription list. This is produced every time a repeat prescription is ordered, and this information is of great value to the ambulance service.  Paramedics are able to administer drugs, but need to know what medication is already being taken to eliminate the risk of drug interaction.

Contact: 0845 833 2701/alton@lions105d.org.uk