From left, Inspector Stephen
Graham, Stephen McCracken, Station Commander
Sandy Thompson, Camilla Reynolds and, centre,
Tommy Mallon, assistant care manager, Lisburn
A SCHEME to help the emergency services get vital details of
illnesses or allergies when they are called to someone's home
has been launched in Lisburn.
Representatives from the emergency services such as PSNI, NI
Fire and Rescue Service, the Care Management team from South
Eastern Trust, Lisburn Home Accident Prevention Group and the
Community Safety Partnership in Lisburn met together in Lisburn
Health Centre to launch the `Message in a Bottle' scheme for the
scheme provides the emergency services with information on
illnesses or allergies suffered by the person as well as details
about their next of kin.
This is stored inside the clear plastic container and kept
inside the fridge. Two stickers known to the emergency services
and other caring agencies are' put up inside the home to
indicate the information is available and where it is located.
The scheme is being rolled out across the province with many
thousands of bottles being distributed to local community safety
partnerships from the Northern Ireland Office.
The Lisburn Community Safety Partnership has linked up with
the South Eastern Trust's Elderly Care Management team who will
be responsible for distributing them.
Trust care staff will be sitting down with those people most
in need of the scheme and helping them to complete the forms. A
number of key partners have also been identified with a view to
distributing them but members of the public will also be able to
pick them up at their local health centre reception or Lisburn
police or fire stations.
For more information about the scheme you can contact Stephen
McCracken at 92 629060.