A local initiative to support carers has been launched by Drs Fannin, Hutchinson and Boyd, GP Practice at Ballymoney Health Centre, in partnership with Carers Northern Ireland and funded by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB).
The need for an up to date information pack to support carers in their role was identified by the Practice’s Patient Participation Group. Supported by Practice staff including district nurses with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and with funding from the HSCB, the initiative was taken forward.
The “Let’s Care Together” Pack provides information to help individuals who care for a member of their family within their own homes. This comprehensive pack includes an introduction to caring in the community, information regarding benefits and allowances, tips on practical care, respite advice, details of what to do in an emergency, useful contacts and other essential information. The pack will be distributed to carers registered with the Practice.
Speaking at the launch, Dr Shauna Fannin, Senior Partner, said:
“We appreciate the often difficult job of caring, carrying out tasks that you have not had any training for, and how daunting and lonely it can be as a carer. We would commend to you this Carers Guide and ask you to remember that you are not alone and that others can help”
Edith McMullan, Causeway Patch Manager for the Primary Care Directorate, Health and Social Care Board, said:
“This is an excellent initiative which has involved the local GP Practice staff, the Northern Trust district nurses, the Practice’s Patient Participation Group and Carers Northern Ireland. We are delighted to be supporting this local initiative which will help to support the valuable role of carers.”
Lyn Campbell, Carers Northern Ireland, said:
“Time and again carers tell us that they struggle to find the information they need, particularly when they first start caring. We know that the first place most people turn when there is disability or chronic illness in the family is their GP, so we are delighted to help launch the “Let’s Care Together” Pack. It is a really useful pack that will help carers cope better with the challenges that caring can bring. We hope that more GP Practices will follow the lead that Drs Fannin, Hutchinson and Boyd have given.”