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MedicAlert's First Schools Newsletter
Would any of your students benefit from MedicAlert's life-saving medical identification?
Update – Protecting those with underlying medical conditions for 50 years
Our aim is for everyone with a hidden medical condition or allergy that would benefit from the service provided by The MedicAlert Foundation – the only registered charity providing this service – to have the opportunity to join.

When somebody joins MedicAlert, we provide them with a bracelet or necklet engraved with their hidden medical conditions and allergies. Also engraved is their personal membership number as well as our 24hr Emergency Line where further vital information (such as Emergency Contact details and Drug treatments) can be accessed by emergency and healthcare professionals in an emergency situation.

We feel it is important for schools to be aware of our service. MedicAlert Members now number 298,000 in the UK and Ireland. Roughly 20% of our membership is under 16 years old, generally suffering from


  • Diabetes
  • Heart Conditions
  • Food and Drug Allergies
  • Mental Health Conditions
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Asthma
  • Epilepsy
  • Thyroid Disorders


Oliver Oliver
Oliver suffers with a congenital heart condition which he has had since birth.

When his mum heard about MedicAlert through her GP she registered Oliver immediately as it is a very secure option and an internationally recognised service.

Oliver's mum can recall a few occasions when MedicAlert has come to the rescue, the most notable time being when Oliver was on a school trip in France. Oliver was knocked over by a bike and badly injured so his teacher took him to the local hospital to be checked over.

Oliver explains, "Due to the complications with my heart condition it would have been very difficult for me or my teacher to explain the details of my medical history which is why at the time MedicAlert was such a blessing."



Emblem Update
MedicAlert is dedicated to providing peace of mind to its Members as well as their friends and family. As such we have developed several new bracelets aimed at a younger audience. This is following many reports from parents informing us that their child will not wear or does not feel comfortable wearing their MedicAlert Emblem.

Millefiori Beads
Millefiori Beads

Designer Sports Bands
Designer Sports Bands

Sweetie Bracelet
Sweetie Bracelet

Dark Night Beads
Dark Night Beads

Red Charm Set
Red Charm Set

For more examples of Emblems click here

Teacher Resources
MedicAlert PowerPoint teacher resources available here
Download teacher resources here


Updates
We also have regular updates on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Watch medicalertuk on YouTube


Emblem
This newsletter is also available on our website www.medicalert.org.uk along with plenty more info.

Please contact James Phillips, Education and Policy Manager, on jphillips@medicalert.org.uk or 0207 923 6474 to order free MedicAlert literature such as leaflets and posters or if you have any specific questions, or alternatively fill out our online resources order form.


Educational Video using Lego

We also have a New Educational Video using Lego(TM) available on YouTube. This is aimed at explaining our service to kids.


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Carley Stenson Carley Stenson
“My character in Hollyoaks suffers with epilepsy so I am aware of how frightening it can be to live with a serious hidden medical condition. MedicAlert can help you manage your condition but most importantly, it could save your life.”



Education & Awareness Update
We have recently developed strong connections with the following organisations:

  • West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
  • Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Metropolitan Police
  • Essex Police
  • Nottinghamshire Police
  • Dorset Police
  • South Yorkshire Police
  • South Wales Police
  • Surrey Police
  • Sussex Police
  • Gloucester Police
  • Cambridgeshire Police
  • St John Ambulance Essex
  • St John Ambulance East Sussex
  • North, Central & West Lancashire Red Cross
  • Coventry & Warwickshire Locality Community First Responders
  • Scottish Casualties Network
  • North East Wales Search and Rescue
  • Midshires Search & Rescue Organisation
  • London Ambulance Service
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service
  • North East Ambulance Service
  • South Central Ambulance Service
  • North West Ambulance Service
  • South East Coast Ambulance Service
  • West Midlands Ambulance Service

They have joined the long list of emergency services that now have up to date MedicAlert resources, so that our Members are better protected no matter where they are. Many more organisations and training providers support our service by ensuring that their staff routinely checks for MedicAlert Emblems. If you know of any emergency services providers who would benefit from an update, please do get in touch with us.
MedicAlert are well aware that a lot of Members are vulnerable individuals, that is why we are always conscious to only give out personal and medical information to Healthcare and Emergency professionals. MedicAlert adheres fully to the Data Protection Act 1998, and incorporates strict protocols to all aspects of our service. If you would like to find out more, please get in contact with us.

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Questions or comments? E-mail us at communications@medicalert.org.uk or call 0800 581 420.

The MedicAlert Foundation, 1 Bridge Wharf, 156 Caledonian Road, London N1 9UU

Registered Charity No. 233705 Registered in England 814000 Registered Data Protection Act 1998 No. Z6196300 VAT Registration No. GB 239 2013 84
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