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Helping to care for the carers

Blackpool Carers' Centre's Wendy Foot who works for the hospital support project workers out of Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Blackpool Carers' Centre's Wendy Foot who works for the hospital support project workers out of Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

A support worker for Blackpool Carers’ Centre is spreading the word about her role looking after patients’ carers.

Wendy Foot is one of the team’s hospital support project workers, offering information and support to carers while the person they look after is in hospital.

Wendy wants to make sure everyone knows she is there, working from Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

“It’s crucial to make everyone who is in the hospital aware of the service – and how it can help the hospital too,” she said.

“Ward staff are on the frontline. They can identify carers in need on their wards, patients reliant on carers and if they see a carer seems frail or struggling or in poor health themselves they can tell us about them.

“If we can support or signpost carers to help, the patient may be able to come out of hospital quicker and without carers worrying themselves sick that they won’t be able to cope.”

Wendy promotes the service in and around local hospitals, and is based at the Urgent Care Centre, next to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, three days a week.

She works with full-time support worker Karen Cooke, who has recently joined the team which is led by Hannah Fletcher.

Wendy is
organising regular drop-in clinics and plans a roadshow to coincide with National Carers’ Week in June.

She said: “Carers often don’t know they are carers.

“Ideally we need to be part of the process from when people fill in the admission form at hospital and identify whether patients are looked after by unpaid carers back home.

“We really need to grow this service because we know there is a much greater need out there.”

To contact Carers’ Support Workers email wendyf@blackpoolcarers.org or karenc@blackpoolcarers.org or call (01253) 306244 or 07935 985707.

 

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