Local people and hospital staff are being given the chance to find out more about the support available to carers at a special event organised by teams at East Surrey Hospital, run by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
The event, which will mark the vital role of carers, takes place on Thursday 13 June from 2 – 5pm in the postgraduate education centre at East Surrey Hospital during national Carers Week.
Carers play a huge part in many aspects of the lives of those they support, yet many do not consider themselves to be a carer. They may be family, friends, parents or partners caring for someone with additional needs, an illness, frailty, disability, mental health or addiction problems. The role of a carer can be demanding and without support can impact on a person’s physical health and mental wellbeing.
The event is an opportunity for visitors to meet with a number of organisations who provide support and advice. There is also a chance to meet teams from a range of hospital departments to find out about the many ways they offer support and help carers access the right practical help through connections in the community.
Jane Dickson, chief nurse said: “If you look after someone who could not manage without you, then you are a carer and often carers do not realise that there is a wealth of local support available to them.”
“This event will be an opportunity to highlight just how important caring is and that there is help, support, information and advice available. We want to encourage all carers to gain access and stay connected.”
SASH also encourage patients who need additional support to visit the patient advice and liaison (PALS) team at East Surrey Hospital. They provide confidential advice and support to help carers connected to local organisations for anything from financial support, to getting the right equipment to care safely, or ways to improve health and wellbeing. The PALS office is open from Monday – Friday, 9.30am-4.30pm and can be contacted on 01737 231958 or by email: sash@firstname.lastname@example.org.