Barbara joined carers and staff at the Limes Medical Centre, Walkden, on Friday to help celebrate Carers Week.
The staff at the Limes have been working to identify patients within the practice who are carers. The carers are then invited to fill in a card which refers them to The Princess Royal Trust for Carers centre in Salford. Practice staff may also offer carers health checks or other support.
“GPs and staff at the Limes are working well to identify those patients who are carers. Carers with the heaviest caring commitments may have health problems as a result of caring and it is really useful for primary care staff to enable them to receive help and support.
“We have many carers in Worsley constituency and I hope that by holding events such as this, we can raise the profile of the carers’ role and the issues that they face on a day-to-day basis.
“In Westminster, I have introduced a Bill on the Identification and Support of Carers in Primary Health Care. The measures in my Bill would ensure that, nationally, GPs and their staff follow the excellent example offered by the Limes Medical Practice in Walkden. I want to see all GPs identifying patients that are also carers and giving them the necessary support.”
Salford Carers Centre is member of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers network of carers centres and is one of around 60 projects nationwide working within Primaruy Care. The Salford Primary Care Project is working to ensure that those carers who need support and help are given priority by GP practices across Salford.
Salford Carers Centre are working with an increasing number of GP practices across Salford to increase their awareness of the impact that caring can have on a person's health and well-being and help practices identify which of their patients are carers.
It is also a priority to encourage practices to signpost carers to various sources of support, advocacy and information and encourage practices to tailor the services they provide to meet the needs of carers.
Local carer, Mrs Beryl Smith of Chapelfield Drive, Walkden said:
“I went in to make an appointment at the Medical Centre and they asked me about the care that I give to my husband, who is suffering from cancer.
“As a result of being identified as a carer by my GP and his staff, I now benefit a great deal. The Carer’s Allowance that I now claim has made a significant difference to my quality of life – I would have had no idea about this unless I’d been identified as a carer by the staff at the Limes.”
Barbara with staff at the Limes Medical Centre, Walkden