"A carer is a person who provides help and support to a member
of their family, a friend, neighbour or relative, who could not
manage otherwise, because of disability, frailty or
Is someone close to you going into hospital for treatment or are
they in hospital now? Will you be looking after them unpaid on
their return home? If so, you are a carer!
On a busy hospital ward, carers can sometimes be overlooked, so
it is important that you let staff know if you are a carer, so they
can take your needs into account. It is also important that the
person you care for tells staff this as well.
We recognise carers have their own needs and may require
support. There are a number of agencies and organisations
which can offer you advice and support.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community