A new campaign has been launched to encourage people across Greater Glasgow and Clyde who care for a family member or friend who is in hospitals or receiving treatment in one of healthcare facilities to identify themselves to NHS staff.
The campaign is aimed at people who provide some form of care who need, but do not know, how to access support. By identifying themselves as carers they can get the information and support they need from our staff.
As a healthcare provider we now have a duty to involve carers, including young carers, in discussions and decisions about the person they care for before they are discharged from hospital.
A carer is a person who provides unpaid practical, physical and emotional support to a relative, a friend or neighbour due a physical or mental illness, addiction, frailty or disability and three out of five people will become a carer to someone at some stage in their lives. The carer does not need to live with the person to provide care.
Margaret McGuire, NHSGGC’s Nurse Director, said: “We want anyone who is a carer to know they are not alone and there is a range of help and support available for not only them but the person they are caring for.
“There is dedicated carers’ support available that provides practical information on services, financial support, emotional support, training that will support you as a carer and information on how to access respite care.
“Key information is also available for all our staff so they know what is required from them to meet the requirements of the Carers (Scotland) Act.
“This will help our staff to identify, involve and support carers with decisions on patients in our care.”
Information on help and support is available on our website at https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/your-health/health-services/carers/ as well as videos from carers of their own experiences at www.facebook.com/carers
For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]