RESIDENTS at Springfield Sheltered Accommodation Unit are among the first to benefit from a new scheme which could prove to be a life-saver.
The Message in a Bottle initiative from Wrexham Council will bring peace of mind to people over the age of 65. They will receive a special bottle which could save their lives in the event of an emergency.
The residents will be asked to fill in a form with details of their name, medical conditions or allergies and medication, including where it is kept. They will also record the name of their doctor and pharmacy and the person to be contacted in an emergency.
The bottle will then be kept in the fridge and a sticker placed on the fridge door, as well as on the inside of the front and back doors of the house. This will mean that members of the emergency services will be able to locate vital information immediately if the person is in need of help as a result of illness, an accident or crime.
Delivering treatment straight away could mean the difference between life and death.
Chief public protection officer, Andy Lewis, said: 'This is a simple scheme that can make a huge difference to people in emergency situations. We want all people over the age of 65 to have one of these bottles and will encourage them to place their medical details on the form provided in the bottle.'
A total of 10,000 bottles are being distributed throughout Wrexham County Borough and are available at GP surgeries, chemists, local shops, older peoples' groups and churches.
Wrexham Council has worked with its partners within the National Health Service, the Local Health Board and the Fire and Ambulance Service as well as with Wrexham Lions and Rowlands Pharmacies.
The Wrexham Lions are also working hard to pack the bottles with the relevant forms and when this has been completed they will distribute them.
Anyone who would like further information about the Message in a Bottle scheme or who could help with distributing the bottles should contact Linda Mullock, accident prevention officer for older people, on 01978 297018, or Michelle Stanley, health promotion officer, on 01978 297068.