A space to support unpaid carers at new hospital Hub

Stoke Mandeville Hospital
Stoke Mandeville Hospital

The charity which supports and promotes the wellbeing of unpaid family carers in the county, is to open a ‘Carers Hub’ at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

The new service is being opened on Monday, June 8, at the start of national Carers Week, by Carers Bucks in partnership with the Aylesbury Vale Clinical Commissioning Group (AVCCG) and Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust,

The Carers Hub is to have a dedicated room in the hospital,between Wards 8 and 9 in the Wendover Wing. But the service will be delivered throughout the hospital via a Carers Hub co-ordinator.  

There are over 49,500 unpaid adult carers in Bucks, providing unpaid care for someone with an illness or disability. They will be able to visit the Hub and receive information, help and advice on their caring role.

Chief executive of Carers Bucks, Stephen Archibald said: “We are delighted to be launching the Carers Hub in Stoke Mandeville.

“It is a much-needed and eagerly anticipated service which will benefit carers attending the hospital with a family member or friend.

“There are many thousands of carers living in Bucks who may not recognise themselves as a carer, or they become a carer overnight due to a sudden illness or accident.

“The Carers Hub means we can now work with health staff at the hospital to identify and meet carers who will benefit from our service face to face.”

Where necessary the carer will be linked to the Carers Bucks team of professional support staff based in Aylesbury, and the wider services available from the organisation.

The support from Carers Bucks is intended to help ensure carers feel more confident and supported in their caring role when the person they care for returns home from hospital.  

The Carers Hub will be officially opened by Colin Thompson, director of operations and performance for AVCCG, on June 8.

Mr Thompson said: “The Carers Hub is a great example of how the NHS and the voluntary sector can work together to help improve the lives of carers and the people they care for here in Buckinghamshire.”

Other events organised by Carers Bucks for Carers Week include an afternoon tea for adult carers at Missenden Abbey on June 9 and an open house event for carers on June 12 at its Aylesbury office.

Call Carers Bucks on 0300 777 2722 or visit www.carersbucks.org