A simple ‘Message in a Bottle’ is an easy way for our patients to pass on vital personal and medical details

By News Team on July 27, 2018

The small green bottles donated by South Manchester Lions are kept in the fridge and save emergency services valuable time if going into a home.

We’re the latest organisation to sign up to the long-running nationwide Lions project which also involves GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals.

A form stored in the bottle has a person’s name, medicines, allergies and any other key medical documents, plus contact details for next of kin. The bottles come with two green stickers – one is put on the fridge door, the other on the inside of the home entry door.

Long-serving Lions Laurie and Maureen Oatway, from Baguley, organised the St Ann’s donation. Wythenshawe Fire Brigade have also just received a supply of bottles.

Laurie is the new President of South Manchester Lions, formed in 2017 as part of a group re-structure. Wife Maureen is Secretary.

The Lions locally have supported St Ann's Hospice for a long time with fundraising because it's a such a good cause. All the emergency services are aware of the 'Message in a Bottle' scheme which is just one of many ways the Lions internationally have supported communities for the last 101 years. Laurie Oatway
We'd like to thank the Lions for their support and I know the bottles will benefit some of our patients.  For example, it might be someone who lives alone and may have memory problems. The bottles also avoid the Ambulance Service having to search for medical and personal documents when called out in an emergency. Rachael Ainsworth, Nurse Key Worker at St Ann's