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Getting carers healthy and connected is a key focus for Carers Week 2019

Monday 10th June, 2019

West Sussex County Council, Carers Support West Sussex and the NHS are coming together to raise awareness and celebrate the vital contribution family and friend carers make to communities this Carers Week 2019.

The week, running from June 10 – 16, focuses on ‘Getting Carers Connected’ and encourages local communities to support family and friend carers.

Over 40 events are taking place across West Sussex for people who are caring for a member of their family or a friend including information stands to provide help and guidance at:

  • East Surrey Hospital (East Entrance), Canada Avenue, Redhill RH1 5RH
  • Princess Royal Hospital, Lewes Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4EX
  • St Richards Hospital, Spitalfield Lane, Chichester PO19 6SE 
  • Penguin Foyer, Worthing Hospital, Lyndhurst Road, Worthing BN11 2DH

Further details about the stands and events taking place across West Sussex can be found on the Carers Support website.

One service that is benefitting carers across the county is the Carers Health Team. The team aim to ensure hard pressed carers feel less isolated and manage their own health and emotional wellbeing.                               

Wilma Thomas,Carers Health Team Service Lead said:

“It is vital that family and friend carers remember that they too are entitled to look after their own health and wellbeing and that their health matters”.

“Our carer health clinicians can work in partnership with carers to provide personalised one to one advice and information and our team are able to visit carers at home and check their general state of health and wellbeing. We’re always on hand and it’s important that carers know that we can support them and that they can contact us at sc-tr.carerwellbeing@nhs.net”.

Amanda Jupp, County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said:

“Carers make a vital contribution to our communities and I would encourage anyone who may find themselves supporting others to make sure they are in touch with our local services to get the best possible information and advice. It’s also important that people look after their own health needs as well as those of their loved ones. It is all too easy for people to ignore their own health as they focus more and more on those they care for”.

There will be plenty of tips and advice throughout the week on social media, so people are encouraged to keep an eye on the following Facebook and twitter accounts Facebook: West Sussex County Council and Carers Support West Sussex and Twitter pages: @WSCCNews, @CarersWSussex and @CWSCCG.

How to contact the communications team

You can reach our communication team by:

  • Calling – 01903 707447
  • Emailing – contactus.coastal@nhs.net
  • Writing to – Communications Team, NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG, 1 The Causeway, Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN12 6BT