HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

●» DR Paul Bowen, GP with McIlvride Med­i­cal Prac­tice, Poyn­ton, and ex­ec­u­tive chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) JUNE 6 to June 12 marks Car­ers Week, an an­nual cam­paign to raise aware­ness of car­ing, high­light the chal­lenges car­ers face and recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tion they make to fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties through­out the UK.

It’s im­pos­si­ble to quan­tify the value of car­ers to the NHS. Whether for­mally iden­ti­fied and sup­ported as one, or sim­ply be­ing there to sup­port a loved one or friend, car­ers de­serve recog­ni­tion as one of the most vi­tal com­po­nents of our care sys­tem. With­out the care that car­ers pro­vide, hos­pi­tals, care agen­cies, GPs and other com­mu­nity based ser­vices would be over­whelmed with need and de­mand they could not meet.

If we fail to recog­nise and sup­port car­ers, we do so at our peril.

If you are car­ing for some­one and haven’t been for­mally as a carer please do let your GP know, as there is a range of sup­port avail­able to you. There is a range of events tak­ing place in Eastern Cheshire to mark Car­ers Week, in­clud­ing a gar­den party, a male car­ers group and a print­ing work­shop for par­ent car­ers.

Find out more at cheshireeast.gov.uk/ care-and-sup­port/ car­ers-in­for­ma­tion/ car­ers-week-2016.aspx.

This year’s fo­cus is on build­ing carer friendly com­mu­ni­ties – com­mu­ni­ties which sup­port car­ers to look af­ter their fam­ily or friends well, while

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