Support services are available through organistaions such as social services and carers support associations in both Surrey and Sussex. Please feel free to contact one of the services listed below, or help yourself to leaflets available throughout East Surrey Hospital.
The PALS office can offer a wealth of practical and emotional support and can help you to access a variety of services such as:
- Equipment for independence
- Signposting for financial and benefit advice
- Emotional wellbeing
- Carer support, groups, events and activities
Speak to a representative from West Sussex Carers Support Association or Action for Carers Surrey
Carers Support Association West Sussex and Action for Carers Surrey can help you if you are caring for someone who wouldn’t be able to manage without your unpaid help and the care you provide. Carers support representatives regularly visit East Surrey Hospital. If you would like to speak to someone please give your contact details to the ward manager or visit the carers support page for details of how to contact the representative directly.
Register as a carer with your GP
Every GP surgery should hold a register of their patients who look after a friend or relative. Registering as a carer will enable your GP to acknowledge you and your needs as a carer and provide you with further information and practical assistance.
Register as a carer with social services
In case of emergency is a register which identifies carers and people who would not be able to manage on their own if their carer were to be taken ill unexpectedly. Once registered, you will be provided with an emergency card to alert emergency services and also the council’s adult social care team that you are a carer.
Ask for a carer’s assessment to see if you are eligible for financial support.
For more information about carer assessment, or to register as a carer, call your local council: