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*UPDATED* Hospital visiting changes, home testing kits, Vaccine info, general info and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.

Advice for Relatives and Carers

Patients often remember little or nothing about being in hospital, as relatives you remember everything. As soon as someone tells you your loved one is critically ill, you don’t eat or sleep well. By the time your loved one gets home your ‘tank’ is close to running on empty but that can’t go on forever. It is common for relatives to become a bit depressed or anxious once their loved one is getting better. Again, recognise that this is common and make sure you see your GP if you find yourself struggling.

Being a carer can be very rewarding but it can also be challenging at times, below you can find useful websites that provide information and advice to help support you as a carer. Carers Information Line

Telephone: 0141 353 6504 Email: [email protected]  

This provides a single point of access for carers into their local services. They will work with you to help you continue to care. This includes information and advice, emotional support, money advice, access to training, education and employment support, and access to short breaks from providing care.

Additional Resources 

NHSGGC Carers - help and support for carers. 

Care Information Scotland - useful information and links on support available for carers whether you’re caring for someone or planning your own future needs.

Citizens Advice Scotland - information on practical support available for carers including financial advice.

Shelter Scotland - this page lists useful websites that provide further information, advice and support to carers.

Age Scotland - Scotland's national charity supporting people over the age of 50. This website provides useful information including advice about Carers Allowance and Attendance Allowance.

Carers Trust -  Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers.

MyGov.Scot -  provides links to support sites for carers across Scotland and the UK.

Carers Scotland - part of Carers UK, helping carers and professionals with expert advice on issues such as carers' benefits, community care and services for carers.

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Last Updated: 22 September 2020