Carers Week: raising awareness of support in Lambeth
NHS Lambeth CCG is raising awareness as part of Carers Week in June. This year the campaign is about 'Carers Quest' – the greatest new drive to reach out to carers in the UK.
The Carers Week Quest is an exciting new initiative to encourage improved joint working in local communities to reach out to carers. It aims to reach out to the thousands of carers in the UK who are currently missing out on support, advice and services.
There are over 6.5 million carers in the UK and one in eight of us are currently carers looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. While carers can get real satisfaction from their role, it can also have a significant impact on the health, wellbeing and the independence of the carers themselves.
Dr Adrian McLachlan, a Lambeth GP said: "We want to make sure carers can access services from their GP or at hospital which support their mental and physical health."
He added: "If you are a carer in Lambeth you can talk to your GP about the services available to you."
In Lambeth there is a Carers Hub which is run by Lambeth Council and local charities which offers a range of services. You can find out more on their website www.carershub.org.uk or call 020 8648 9677.
For more information about Carers Week, please visit www.carersweek.org where you can simply pledge your support for the Carers Week Quest. For more information about care and support for carers please visit the www.nhs.uk/carersdirect.