Message in a bottle gift from Suffolk charity
Date: 25 August 2017
A scheme to improve patient care has received a boost following a donation from a Suffolk charity.
Members of the Lions Club of Ipswich today (25th August) presented 100 bottles to the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) as part of the Message in a Bottle project.
The Lions’ scheme is designed to encourage people to keep their personal and medical details on a standard form in a common location – the fridge.
The Lions Club of Ipswich has given out thousands of bottles at Ipswich Hospital and GP surgeries over the years.
The project can help save a life by storing in one place a patient’s personal details, emergency contact details and information about medication and allergies, which can be easily assessed when the ambulance service attends a patient’s home.
Victoria Boyce, Patient and Public Involvement Manager for EEAST, said: “We’d like to thank the Lions for this generous donation. We’ll be giving these bottles out to people with medical conditions, which will really help the ambulance service when called to medical emergencies.”
Wendy Cook, President of the Lions Club of Ipswich, said: ““Message in a bottle is such a simple idea. However, these little tubs really can make a difference in emergencies. The Lions Club fundraises locally to pay for the bottles that we then distribute to organisations like EEAST, giving out thousands over the years. It is really lovely to hear how well they are being used and, how these little simple plastic tubs can ultimately save lives.”
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