Carers Week 2016 - Carers Passports
We are supporting Carers Week (6-12 June) at our hospitals by raising awareness of our services for Carers.
Last year we signed up to John’s Campaign which allows carers to stay overnight with the people they care for. We offer a range of support for Carers of all ages, which this year is being enhanced with the introduction of Carers Passports. We are also hosting a photographic display for Carers Gloucestershire during the week, which can be seen in the atrium at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
On Monday 6th June, the new Carers Passport will be launched. Replacing the previous Carers Badge, this passport enables official primary carers, who are continuing to provide care for a loved one whilst they are in hospital, with a range of benefits. These include help with car parking and provision of tea and coffee on the ward whilst they are providing care.
A number of organisations who help assist Carers will also be found in the Atrium at Gloucester Royal Hospital from 10 am to 4pm on Monday 6th June and from 9 am to 4pm, Tuesday until Friday 10th June.
Senior Patient Experience Manager Debra Clark said: “Carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age. Over the last year many carers have been able to benefit from John’s Campaign, and we hope that our new Carers Passport will offer many more carers an easier way of getting support when the person they look after is in hospital.
“Of course, carers themselves may also spend time in hospital, so if you are a carer and have to come into hospital, it is important that you make hospital staff aware of your caring responsibilities.”
To help carers find out what support is available to them and the person they care for, both during and after a hospital admission, our Trust works in partnership with Carers Gloucestershire to offer help and information not just in Carers Week but throughout the year. Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.