Tuesday, 26 August 2008

LETTER: Nominate GPs for award for supporting carers

Dear Editor - Looking after a loved one who is sick, disabled, or frail is not easy – it can be physically hard, emotionally draining, and very isolating.
In a recent study, 74 per cent of unpaid family carers in the South West say that their health and well-being is worse off as a result of caring.
Often, the person that carers turn to for support is their GP.
This support can vary greatly from practice to practice and yet it can make all the difference to carers.
The Simplyhealth Caring Awards (in partnership with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers) are looking to celebrate all the good work being done throughout the UK today to support carers.
I would like to draw your readers’ attention specifically to the Simplyhealth Carers’ Choice Award that looks to recognise all the fantastic work being carried out by individual GPs.
Carers in West Somerset, Taunton Deane, and Sedgemoor can now say ‘thank you’ by nominating their GP for this award.
This year’s prize is £250 each for the winning GP and for you.
To nominate, all you need to do is write a letter about how your GP supports you as a carer.
It is very important to focus on the support they give to you, not just the person you care for.
Please e-mail gpawards@carers.org or write to The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Freepost RRRY-JLXK-GZCG, Unit 14, Bourne Court, Southend Road, Woodford Green, IG8 8HD.
You need to remember to include contact details for both yourselves and your GP.
The closing date for all the awards is October 10, and more information can be found on www.carers.org.
The winners will be announced at an event in November.
Sheila Hancock
Actress and author

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