Carers have opportunity to comment on how GPs have supported them

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A carers’ forum being held this week will give people caring for others the chance to comment on how their GP has supported them.

Bedford Borough Council is hosting a meeting of the Carers’ Forum on behalf of the Bedford Borough Carers’ Partnership Board.

This meeting will focus on GPs and how they can support carers and will take place on Thursday, March 27, in the Harpur Suite, Bedfdord, from 2pm until 4pm.

Carers will be given the opportunity to reflect on what their GP has done well and what they think their GP could have done better, or differently, to support them.

A family carer is anyone, of any age, who as a part of their normal life, offers help and support to a relative or friend who is dependent on them.

At the meeting, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will give a short presentation on the support GPs should offer carers and the reasons why carers are encouraged to inform their GP of their caring role.

The information gathered will be fed-back to the CCG and used to help change the support and services they provide. The forum will also provide the opportunity for carers to meet and support each other.

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Executive member for Adult Services at Bedford Borough Council, said: “We value the help and support that carers give to their loved ones. GPs and GP Practices can provide carers with important support, advice and information. We want carers to know what support they should be offered by their GPs and for GPs to learn how they can improve their services.”

Dr Morgan Walters, of De Parys Avenue Surgery, said: “Carers are vital to the health and wellbeing of many of our patients. Effective partnership working and communication with GPs, and numerous other services are important in maximising this benefit to support patient and carer.

“Carers organisations are also an important element. Carers need to communicate their concerns and indicate when they when they are struggling, so that these issues can be dealt with, for instance around when medication should be given.”

For further information, or details on how to book a place contact Anona Hoyle on 01234 718345 or email Anona via

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