Carers are people who care, in an unpaid capacity, for friends or family members who are ill, frail or disabled. Carers come from all backgrounds and cultures and can be of any age or gender. Nottingham University Hospitals Trust (NUH) is dedicated to supporting carers. This section provides information you might find useful while the person you care for is a patient at NUH. There are also useful links for carers in the community.
Please speak to the ward manager (senior nurse) about how we can support you in your role as a carer.
Caring for yourself
The role of a carer can be stressful and it is important to remember your own physical and mental health needs. If you are worried about your health talk to your GP.
The NHS website has useful tips on caring for yourself and you can find our more information here: https://www.nhs.uk/
Rethink is an organisation that focuses on the wellbeing of carers.
The NHS practical guide to healthy caring will help you if you have caring responsibilities, but it is written to be particularly relevant for those who are about 65 years or older and are new to caring.
The 'About Me' document has been developed to help staff get to know your relative or friend, to communicate with them better, help them to feel safe and secure while in hospital and to record how and when you want to be involved.
You can download the 'About Me' document (below) to fill in. When you have done this, please give it to a member of staff on the ward. Alternatively, you can ask a member of staff on your friend or relative's ward for a paper copy to fill in and return.