Paramedics back life-saving scheme
1:30pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in NW
LEIGH Lions’ Message in a Bottle lifesaving scheme has been given the backing of paramedics.
The group highlighted the simple but effective idea of keeping personal and medical details on a standard form in a common place – on a fridge – at Tesco Extra in Leigh on Friday.
“This is important, especially for the elderly and vulnerable,” said Lions volunteer Jenny Curry.
“Paramedics attending a household will know the bottle is there because a Message in a Bottle sticker will be visible inside the front door.
“It saves the emergency services valuable time identifying requirements for special medication or allergies.”
Senior North West Ambulance Service paramedic Steve Nicholls said: “It is of invaluable assistance to us when we have to attend an incident at someone’s home.”
Emergency services are aware of the scheme and will locate the bottle and pass it on to a doctor or hospital personnel in an emergency.
The free bottles are available at chemists and doctors’ surgeries, from Neighbourhood Watch, Age UK, council offices, housing associations and police stations.
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