During Addison's Disease Day on 29 May, we started our #ShareYourKit campaign, asking people with Addison's disease or adrenal insufficiency around the world to share pictures of their hydrocortisone emergency injection kits.

It's important to talk about kits, be confident in using them, educate friends, family and those who support you and of course - to have prepared your own kit.

It was reassuring to see so many people had been prescribed the injectable hydrocortisone, needles, syringes, vial snaps, water vials and printed instructions they need to self-manage an adrenal crisis if they have to wait a long time for an ambulance or are not able to quickly reach an A&E department to promptly provide them with the extra hydrocortisone and other care they need to recover. 

Find out more about Emergency Injection Kits

Keep reading to see other #ShareYourKit stories from our community!

Getting started

We estimate that at least 1,700 people in the UK are without a kit, many explaining on Twitter and Facebook on Addison's Disease Day that their GP or Endocrinologist has said they didn't need one as they lived close to a hospital. We know from our members that this assumption has led to delayed treatment and worse consequences for people with adrenal insufficiency. 

Provision of a hydrocortisone emergency injection kit is standard practice and is the advice given by the ADSHG Clinical Advisory PanelSociety for Endocrinology, on the NHS page for Addison's disease and in the RCGP eModulefor the prevention of an acute adrenal crisis.

Not prescribed an injection kit?

Please share these resources with your health professionals and bring the subject up again, even if they've said no before. Below are some links to further medical guidance providing vital information on the prevention and emergency management of adrenal insufficiency along with the National Patient Safety Alert regarding steroid safety which you can send on to them.

We also have step-by-step instructions for you as a person living with Addison's or adrenal insufficiency to follow under "What to do if you are refused an injection kit" on our injection kit page on our website.

National Patient Safety Alert

Guidance for the prevention and emergency management of adult patients with adrenal insufficiency.

Society for Endocrinology

Adrenal Crisis page

RCGP eModule - free education for GP's.

NHS Website - treatment guidance

Getting it all together

From tupperware boxes to purpose made bags, wallets and cleverly arranged elastic bands, we've seen lots of great examples with storage solutions to suit all! Depending on your budget or how creative you are, there are so many options. See more step-by-step advice on creating your kit at home on our "Preparing your own Emergency Kit" blog.

In each edition of our members magazine, we feature a member of our amazing community, as they show us how they store and carry their kit, to help encourage us to keep our kits with us at all times and normalise this potentially scary situation.

Submit your #ShareYourKit to be featured and raise awareness!

Scroll, have a browse and get some inspiration!

Below we've brought together a range of kits our followers have shared on social media as well as our blog posts. Click on an image below to be taken to individual #ShareYorKit blog post and have a look at how others have tackled the challenge, with kits varying depending on your needs. A big thank you to everyone whose brilliant kit post is featured below.


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