28th Apr, 2017

St John Ambulance and Lions clubs team up for potentially life-saving scheme

FIRST aiders across Worcestershire are supporting a simple service that could potentially save lives.

‘Message in a Bottle’ is a Lions Club International project designed to help the emergency services identify or help people who fall ill at home.

A crib sheet of the patient’s medical information and is kept in a plastic pot, stored in the fridge door, and a small sticker on the outside of the fridge alerts people to the message contained inside.

St John Ambulance volunteer area manager and Lions supporter Richard Brown said: “It’s such a simple and brilliant idea. In an emergency, the message lets an ambulance crew, paramedic or community first responder swiftly know what medical issues their patient already has.

“That knowledge can help them deliver the first aid, treatment or medication most appropriate to the person’s needs. It saves time and could save lives, particularly if the patient has an underlying condition that isn’t immediately obvious.”

The Message in Bottle pots are being distributed by St John Ambulance Units across Worcestershire.

Email Richard at Richard.Brown1@sja.org.uk with your name and address, and a local volunteer will drop in a plastic pot when they are passing.