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Caring for our Carers

07/06/2018

Sunderland and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trusts will be raising awareness of the important role of carers next week with a series of information events which support local carers to be healthy and connected.

The events, which coincide with Carers Week, will provide information and practical support to care safely without harming physical and mental health and give advice to carers about the financial support available to make sure that they stay fit and healthy.

The information events will take place on the following dates:

Monday 11th June, between 11am and 1pm in the Alexandra restaurant, South Tyneside District Hospital 

Thursday 14th June, between 1pm and 3pm on the main concourse, Sunderland Royal Hospital 

The events are open to the general public and will have contributions from a number of external agencies who also support carers. The Trusts will also be promoting Johns Campaign and the Carers Passport to help staff recognise the importance of working with family carers in the care and support of patients with dementia. This can include extending visiting hours, staying overnight if necessary and being actively involved in care delivery.

There will also be a series of awareness events for staff to talk about the importance of working in partnership with carers and utilising their knowledge and relationship with the patient to provide high quality, individual care.

Julie Porter, Lead Nurse for Patient Experience at City Hospitals Sunderland and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Carers play such a vital role, but can often put their own health needs aside and lose relationships with others. It’s so important to make sure that we give carers all the information and support they need to ensure that they look after themselves as much as the person they care for. 
“Caring for someone can be very rewarding and we want to work with carers as equal partners to ensure that the care we provide is focused around the patient as an individual. The Carers Passport is a great example of this and allows us to involve carers in all aspects of care delivery without restrictions, such as specific visiting hours.” 

Carers Week annually raises awareness of caring and the challenges that carers face and recognises the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. 

For more information contact Nichola Taylor, Media and Communications Officer, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust on 0191 5656256 ext 42902 or at nichola.taylor@chsft.nhs.uk 

For local information, activities and events visit: Sunderland Carers.

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