Anyone living alone, especially, but not only, the elderly or infirm, can have an accident. The Accident and Emergency Services need immediate access to information such as the Patient's GP, medication, allergies, next-of-kin and dependents (pets to be fed etc.). Message In A Bottle (MAIB) is a great way to address this need.
A brief form is filled in and stored, in a small plastic bottle, in the fridge (a secure and easily identified location that all houses have). A sticker inside the front door (not outside, which would advertise the presence of a vulnerable resident) and another on the fridge alerts the Emergency Services to its presence.
The bottles, stickers and forms are readily available, free, at Doctors' surgeries, Chemists, Libraries and other Community Organisations such as Day Centres.
The scheme is organised by Leatherhead Lions and is financed from sponsorship and donations.
The Leatherhead & District scheme was officially launched in March 2006 by the Chairman of Mole Valley Council, David Sharland, at a gathering of Ambulance, Fire and Police personnel with the Lions Club members.