●» 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