Message in a Bottle
About Message in a Bottle - 'Your Friend in the Fridge'
Message in a Bottle 'your friend in the fridge' is a scheme 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 be of universal benefit.
How does the scheme work?
Personal information is kept in a small plastic bottle. The bottle has a push-fit lid and is big enough to hold the relevant information. The bottle is then kept in the fridge, where the emergency services will expect to look for it, in the event of them 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 affixed to the door of the fridge.
Where are the bottles available from ?
Bottles and forms are available from your local health centre, doctors surgery and chemists. For the Woolmer Forest area bottles should be available at:
Forest Community Centre
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to the user. Costs of running the scheme are met by the local Lions Club
What information is needed?
The information needed is quite simple, but you may like to ask a carer or relative to help you complete the form.
Information required to complete the form:
Your full name and brief physical description
Your Doctors name and Surgery Address and Telephone Number
Brief description of medical condition - and any medicines that you are currently taking
The names, addresses and telephone numbers of two persons who may be contacted in the event of an emergency
Details of any pets which also live at the premises, and may need to be taken care of
In addition, it is recommended to include your repeat prescription list. This information may be of great value to members of the ambulance services. Paramedics are able to administer drugs, but will need to know what you are already taking to eliminate the risk of drug interaction.
Please contact Woolmer Forest Lions Club, if you require further information.