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Support for carers

What is a carer?

"A carer is a person who provides help and support to a member of their family, a friend, neighbour or relative, who could not manage otherwise, because of disability, frailty or illness". 

Are you a carer?

Is someone close to you going into hospital for treatment or are they in hospital now? Will you be looking after them unpaid on their return home? If so, you are a carer!

Tell us if you are a carer?

On a busy hospital ward, carers can sometimes be overlooked, so it is important that you let staff know if you are a carer, so they can take your needs into account. It is also important that the person you care for tells staff this as well.

Support to Carers?

We recognise carers have their own needs and may require support.  There are a number of agencies and organisations which can offer you advice and support.


'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly, efficiently and professionally with full explanations and compassion from all staff involved'.

Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital