Message in a bottle Boost for Doncaster

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A simple scheme which alerts emergency services to a patient’s vital personal and medical information has been adapted to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities in Doncaster.

Thanks to a generous donation from Doncaster Lions, people who access the borough’s learning disability services, which are run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), will be issued with a free plastic bottle to store in their fridge that is available to the emergency services if they need to attend their home.

The bottle contains information about where the person keeps their Traffic Light Assessment (TLA) Hospital Passport – a four page document, which summarises important information about the person to keep them safe and happy while in hospital.

Glynis Smith, RDaSH acute liaison nurse, said: “The TLA has proved to be a great success in Doncaster when people have a planned our routine hospital appointment.

“However, in an emergency situation when people are stressed, it can often be forgotten. To address this we approached Doncaster Lions to ask for some of their wonderful fridge bottles, which we have adapted to include the traffic light image on the outside and inside of the pot, indicating where the TLA can be found.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to the Lions for their support.”

Launched by RDaSH in Doncaster in 2012, the TLA’s red rating is for things ward staff must know, such as GP and carer contact details, medical conditions, medication and allergies.

Amber is for important issues, such as how the person communicates and shares information, their eating and drinking preferences, as well as their need for help in moving around and taking medication.

Green is for likes, dislikes, hobbies and personal preferences as environments, physical touch and routines are very important to learning disabled people.

The bottles were generously donated by Doncaster Lions as part of their ‘Message in a Bottle’ scheme, which is designed to encourage people living on their own, the elderly and other vulnerable people to keep their personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location – the fridge.

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