Message bottles

The provision of vital information for use in the case of an emergency.

Every pharmacy and GPs' surgery in Torfaen has been supplied by the Club - at no cost to them or their patients - with a small plastic bottle containing a form upon which they can list any medical conditions, prescription medicines and contact details which would provide vital information to any of the emergency services who might attend. In the event of someone collapsing or being found in need of help, this information can enable life-saving treatments to be applied quickly, with the benefit of knowledge of the patient's medical details.

This is the information leaflet:-


"Message in a Bottle" : Emergency Information Scheme

What is it? 

A plastic bottle, about 10cm x 5cm, containing personal and medical information for use by emergency services in the event of a call-out, particularly when the victim or partner has difficulty in communicating.

What is in it?

 An A4 form, filled in by the recipient with help, if necessary, from a relative, friend, carer or nurse. Personal details include name and date of birth, height and weight. Medical details include medication, allergies, and any visual or hearing problems. Also included is the name and telephone number of the doctor and details of two people who can be contacted in an emergency. Any person or pet relying on the recipient for daily care is also included on the A4 form.   This information is not passed on to, or used by, anyone else.  No-one else is told you have a box.

Where is it kept?

 In the fridge door. Practically all homes have a fridge, and it will usually be in the kitchen. Two Green Cross stickers are provided, one to be stuck on the door of the fridge, the other to be fixed inside the entrance door but not visible from outside. These stickers will be noticed by emergency services and they will then gain immediate access to the vital information in the bottle.

Who gets it?

 Initially, the bottles will be made available to elderly people living on their own, but this should not be regarded as exclusive, and anyone who is vulnerable can be included in the scheme. People caring for another in the household should be considered as their incapacity could result in two people being under threat.

How do they get it?

 You can ask for one here, at this Surgery or Pharmacy. The bottles are supplied free of charge by the Rotary Club of Cwmbran Vale as a community service.

Who uses it? 

Any emergency attender. All emergency services are aware of and support the scheme - the Ambulance Service, Fire and Rescue Service, Police Service and Social Services. If necessary the bottle and contents can be taken to an A & E department along with the patient.

For more information, contact Brian Forster 01495 757668 or 07815 206637






Message in a Bottle