An ICE move from city bar

Black Rose champions social responsibility

Alison Wilson (left) with the bar’s ICE cards

STAFF at the Black Rose Tavern in Edinburgh have put In Case of Emergency (ICE) cards on the agenda.

The cards, which are the size of a standard business card, contain space for personal, medical and emergency contact details and can make getting in touch with family or providing medical treatment an easier task when required.

The bar team came up with the idea after discovering how difficult it was for Street Assist, a provider of welfare and first aid to those in the city centre on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as the emergency services, to obtain such information when someone is in need of help.

Available from the Rose Street bar and from various Edinburgh doctors’ surgeries, which have got behind the campaign, the cards could help people in numerous situations and are more practical than having medical information on mobile phones, Alison Wilson, the bar’s assistant manager, told SLTN.

She said: “It can be really useful in any situation, such as someone who has overindulged on a night out or an elderly person who has fallen and hurt themselves.”

The move follows an anti-spiking initiative – Put A Lid On It – by the bar team last year; the bar’s focus on social responsibility saw it win the overall Scotland award at this year’s Best Bar None National Awards.