’POT IN THE FRIDGE’ is an effective way to store information on your Medical Conditions, Next of Kin etc. so the emergency services can find it. Call 020 8871 8919 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A new service which could help the save the life of a vulnerable person was launched by the Wandsworth Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association in partnership with Wandsworth Council, emergency services and other local agencies.
The ‘Pot in the Fridge’ scheme was launched by the Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Diana Whittingham at the Leonard Cheshire Day Centre in Randall Close last week. The scheme introduces an innovative way for people to store important information about their medical condition, which could help the members of the emergency services to help save their life.
Everyone on the scheme is issued with a clearly labelled plastic container in which an information sheet is stored. Information can range from details of someone’s medical condition, medication and next of kin details. Each container is then stored in the fridge and an ‘emergency information’ sticker is placed on the fridge door to indicate that the pot is stored inside. This information is then readily available to the emergency services in case of an accident in the home.
An emergency sticker is also placed on the inside of the front door in a prominent place so that emergency services can identify that the resident is registered to the scheme.
Cabinet member for social services, Cllr Vanessa Graham also attended the launch event. She said:
“ This is a simple, yet effective way for people to store information about themselves.
In effect, just one small plastic container could ultimately lead to someone’s life being saved and members of the emergency services and care agencies will have quick and easy access to vital information needed to treat someone who may have fallen victim to an unexpected emergency.
In Wandsworth there are almost 14,000 residents over the age of 75, and although this group is considered most at risk, the scheme can benefit other vulnerable people.”
The new scheme was launched in Wandsworth after members of the Wandsworth Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association identified the need for such a provision.
The Pot in the Fridge Scheme is supported by Wandsworth Council, the London Fire Brigade, the Metropolitan Police, the London Ambulance Service, Age Concern Wandsworth, the Wandsworth Primary Care Trust, the Leonard Cheshire Foundation and Young’s Brewery.
Funding has been secured to supply 50,000 pots to homes across the borough. Pots have already been distributed amongst doctors surgeries, surgeries, day centres and sheltered housing schemes in Wandsworth.