Message in a Bottle

A Life-Saving Scheme Re-launched by the Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents

The Message In a Bottle scheme is a simple idea designed to encourage people to keep their personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location - the fridge. Whilst it is focused on the more vulnerable people in our community, anyone can have an accident or need urgent care at home, so this scheme can benefit all ages. It will save the Emergency Services valuable time identifying the patient and any emergency contacts. It is a potential lifesaver and provides peace of mind for users and their friends and families. 


This scheme is free for the user. 


Here's how it works:

• Step 1 - complete the form and put it into the bottle. 

• Step 2 - place the bottle in the fridge. 

• Step 3 - place one green sticker on the inside of the front door. 

• Step 4 - place the other sticker on the outside of the fridge door. 

The emergency services are aware of the scheme and will use the information in an emergency. 


The Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents has re-launched the scheme and has supplied 42 independent pharmacies in the Borough and Boots and 24 surgeries under My Care My Way.

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The Message in a Bottle is an essential scheme to help the emergency services if you have an accident or health incident within your home. The purpose is to keep your personal and medical details on a standard form inserted in the bottle and placed in your fridge. Emergency services are alerted by the sticker placed on the back of your front door and on the door of your fridge. The scheme is for all ages. 


You can obtain the bottle from 

· Your local pharmacy 

· Your GP practice

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