We would like to identify the carers among our patients, especially those people who may be caring
without any outside help or support.
Carers are not only those people who are paid to care – people who may not consider themselves as
a carer are often “hidden”, looking after a family member or helping a friend or neighbour who could
not live independently, or whose health would deteriorate, without this help.
Caring for someone is an important and valuable role in the community, and is often a 24-hour job
that can be very demanding and isolating for the carer. Caring takes its toll and can have an impact
upon the carer’s own health. If a carer’s health suffers, the person they are caring for suffers too.
This is avoidable with the right support. Carers should receive appropriate support and access to
accurate information on a range of topics such as entitlement to benefits and respite care and not
least, a listening ear when things get too much.
If you are a carer, please ask at reception for a CARERS IDENTIFICATION FORM, with your
consent we can then refer you to the Carers Trust who can provide you with
information, advice and support.