The potentially life-saving 'Message in a bottle' scheme has
been launched in the region by County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust, with the support of the Darlington Lions Club and
The 'Message in a bottle' scheme is a simple but effective idea
designed to encourage people to keep their personal and medical
details on a standard form, in a common location, and where they
can be found in an emergency - the fridge.
With the plastic bottle kept in the fridge, the emergency
services will be able to find it in the event of being called to a
home. The use of the scheme is indicated by a clear label displayed
on the inside of the front door or in the main entrance to the
home, and another on the door of the fridge.
Louise Cochrane, movement disorder specialist nurse with County
Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, said, "We're delighted
to be launching this scheme with the support of the Darlington
Lions Club and Parkinson's UK. As a minimum, it will save the
emergency services valuable time identifying the individual and
their emergency contacts. By detailing whether you have special
medication or allergies or not, it is a potential lifesaver and
provides peace of mind to users and their friends and
More than 5 million 'Message in a bottle' kits have been
distributed across the UK by Lions Clubs to people with conditions
such as diabetes, allergies, disabilities and life-threatening
illnesses. The bottles are supplied free of charge thanks to
generous donations from the public and businesses.
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham