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Lifesaving message in a bottle

Tuesday 26th January 2016

MAIDSTONE Lions Club’s “Message in a Bottle” scheme, which encourages people to keep their medical details handy in case of an emergency, continues to grow.

The Message in a Bottle (MIAB) kit is supplied free, and consists of a form for medical details which is then stored in the fridge, the glove compartment of a car or in a handbag, where emergency services can find it in the event of being called out. Maidstone Lions Club has distributed more than 5,000 kits in the last five years.

The Heart of Kent Hospice has taken delivery of a large number of the kits for their patients and Maidstone Hospital has now put them in the chronic pain unit and the League of Friends shop.

Boxes of MIAB can also be found at more than 30 GP surgeries and pharmacies in the Maidstone area.

Sister Gina Bodiam of the Chronic Pain Unit is pictured receiving some of the bottles from Lion Mike Williams.