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Help for you in an emergency

If you look after someone who cannot look after themselves without your support, you may be worried about what would happen if you were suddenly unable to help them.

There are a number of local organisations who will help you to plan ahead for emergencies.

Blackburn with Darwen Carers Services Emergency Card

BwD Carers Service has now started to offer an 'Emergency Card Scheme' for carers in the Blackburn with Darwen area, this is a free service to help give peace of mind to carers if the worst should happen and they are taken ill and are unable to let someone know that they do in fact care for another person.

The card itself is the size of your debit/credit card so will fit in any purse or wallet and should be carried at all times, giving you the peace of mind that if anything was to happen then help is at hand 24 hrs a day 365 days a year and just a phone call away.  To find our more visit their website

British Red Cross Carers Emergency Card

This is a great scheme that helps you develop a plan for what might happen if you had an emergency yourself and were unable to carry out your normal caring responsibilities. When you register the plan will be agreed, giving details of family, friends or local organisations who can take over from you in an emergency. The Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service can help you register for a card, and think through your contingency plan.

You will be given a card which has the Red Cross telephone number and your own ID number to identify your personal emergency action plan. If you are unable to make the call to action your plan, someone coming to your aid will be able to do it for you.  TOP TIP - store this number in your mobile phone under ICE (In Case of Emergency).

Message in a Bottle (Data Link)

Message in a Bottle (Data Link) is a scheme that gives the emergency services and health professionals details about your health, the medication you take and who to contact in an emergency. It is a scheme that the ambulance service (paramedics) the police, the fire service and all health professionals are aware of and enables them to know where to find your details especially if you unable to communicate with them.

How does the scheme work?

Your details are stored in a clearly labelled plastic container, which is kept in your fridge. Two matching labels are displayed in your home, one on the outside of your fridge and one on the inside of your front door so it cannot be seen from the outside.                             

What do I have to do?

  • Collect your free pot from GP practices
  • Complete the form in ball point pen
  • Fold the form and place it in the container
  • On a separate piece of paper write down any other medication you may be taking ( i.e. bought medicines including complimentary medicines) and place in the container
  • Each time you receive a repeat prescription, place the tear off slip into the container. If you do not have your repeat slip, write all the medicines you are taking on to a piece of paper and place this in the container  - don't forget to take the old one out
  • Place the container in the door of your fridge where it can be quickly and easily found - NOT IN THE FREEZER COMPARTMENT
  • Stick one of the labels on the outside of your fridge
  • Stick one label on the inside of your front door so it is NOT visible from the outside but easily seen from the inside, perhaps next to the lock or handle
  • Tell your carer, social worker, district nurse or any other relevant person what the container is and where it is
  • Take this container with you every time you have an appointment with a health professional. This will provide them with a list of your medication

What if I need a new form?

You can get new forms from your GP practice. 

What if I have any questions about Message in a Bottle?

If you have any questions about Message in a Bottle, please call the number below.

Message in a Bottle
Phone: 0845 833 9571 (ask for Alan Dean - Blackburn Lions Club representative)


Useful contacts

Carers Service (Blackburn with Darwen)
Address: Greenhurst Place, Blackburn, BB2 1NA
Phone: 01254 688440
Fax: 01254 688441


You can contact any of the organisations direct but if you are still unsure the Adult Social Care Customer Liaison Team will be able to advise you about planning ahead for emergencies. You can contact them from 8.45am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on (01254) 587547. In an emergency out of normal office hours contact the Emergency Duty Team on (01254) 587547.

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