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Helping carers in Bedfordshire

11 June 2014

This week is Carers Week (9-15 June) and to celebrate Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has launched a carers pack to help provide support and advice to carers across the county.

In Bedfordshire one in eight patients registered at a GP surgery will be a carer and for 87% their caring responsibilities have had a negative impact on their health.

To address this Bedfordshire CCG has created a free information pack specifically for carers living in Bedfordshire to help inform carers about the local support they can access locally.

Dr Helen Smith, GP champion for carers, said: “We understand that being a carer can be a challenging and difficult role and it is not always easy to know where to turn to for help and advice. This pack makes it really easy for carers to access a variety of information in one place and will help carers remain mentally and physically well.”

Martin Marr, who gave up work six years ago to look after his mother full time, regularly refers to the pack for help.

He said: “It has been so useful to have something to hand whenever I need to get advice and help quickly. It is really easy to use and full of information that has helped me in my caring role. The pack has become an essential resource for me and I would highly recommend the pack to anyone.”

The carers pack includes information on:

  • A-Z of local services
  • NHS support for carers
  • Advice on benefits and allowances for carers
  • Carers rights
  • Accessing respite care
  • Planning for the future
  • Having your say  
  • Top tips for carers by carers

A printed copy of the pack is available at every GP surgery in Bedfordshire and available online to view and download. Visit www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk/page/?id=3913 to print off a free copy and view BCCG’s dedicated carers page.  


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