Message in a Bottle is a Lion’s Club international project that assists the emergency services when a medical emergency occurs in a home.

The scheme has been in operation across county Mayo for some time now, but Mayo’s Lion’s Clubs are keen to get more people involved. Anyone can avail of the free service.

The Scheme is a simple idea that encourages people to keep their basic personal and medical details in a plastic bottle in their fridge, where, in cases of emergency, the Emergency teams can easily access them.

The information required is very basic but necessary – things like the medicine a patient is on, allergies, next of kin etc. The Personal information Form stored in the plastic bottle is self- explanatory.

Members of Castlebar and Westport Lions Club were in the foyer of Mayo University Hospital in the last number of days promoting the Message in a Bottle Scheme.

Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley met the group at Mayo University Hospital giving out the bottles and providing information on the scheme to the general public and spoke to  Castlebar Lion Club members Gerry Needham who has responsibility for the local Message in a Bottle project and local pharmacist and Club President Ronan Moran.

Gerry began by explaining what the scheme is all about…


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