Do you look after someone who couldn’t manage without your help and support? If so, you are a carer.
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust recognises and values the contribution carers make and the expert knowledge they have about the person they are supporting. We acknowledge caring can be rewarding and satisfying, but it can also be tiring and stressful.
This section provides information to support you, both as a carer who is being cared for in hospital, or a carer who is caring for someone using the hospital services.
For full details on visiting times, how to find us, car parking, maps and the facilities we have available, please visit this page.
Young carers are children between the ages of 5 and 19 years who help to look after a member of the family who is sick, disabled, has mental health problems, or is misusing drugs or alcohol. Wakefield District Young Carers and Kirklees Young Carers provide valuable support to help reduce the caring responsibilities and encourage them to access local services such as sports clubs, support groups and health centres.
Useful information is available from:
All carers are encouraged to register as a carer with their local GP. Local Carers' support services can help carers apply for an emergency ‘carer card’ that can provide peace of mind that contingency plans are accessible to all should any unplanned emergency occur to you as the carer.
Do you need someone to talk to, a listening ear, information, support or advice?
The local carer support organisations offer information and support about help that is available. This includes how to arrange the support you need; whether this is related to benefits and finances, equipment, or details of local support groups. They also provide a 'listening ear' and emotional support. In the area covered by our Trust, these organisations are:
25 King Street, Wakefield, WF1 2SR
Brian Jackson House, New North Parade, Huddersfield, HD1 5JP
Alongside Wakefield Council’s Public Health Department and Carers Wakefield & District we have developed a support service of Hospital based Carer Support Workers.
The Carer Support Workers will work with patients and colleagues to identify and support carers whilst the person they care for is in hospital, offering information and advice, preparing them to be able to continue caring once the person is discharged. Support is available to all carers by contacting the relevant local support organisations listed above.
Although visiting restrictions are currently in place we support the principles of humane, respectful and compassionate care associated with John’s Campaign.
We have a Carers Passport available which supports the rights of carers to remain with loved ones who would benefit from their support in hospital and information about some of the services available to carers. Please ask a member of staff about these or contact the Complex Needs Team via switchboard.
We have co-produced a Family, Friends and Carers’ Charter alongside Carers Wakefield & District, Wakefield Council, carers and volunteers. By listening to carers’ knowledge about the person they care for, involving carers in decisions about the patient’s care whilst they are in hospital, we hope to ensure that carers feel valued, involved and informed. This Charter explains what you can expect from us, the Trust and what we would like from you in return.
If you find yourself in a position where you need to stay unexpectedly, we have a small number of overnight stay rooms available at Pinderfields Hospital that provide privacy, dignity and a place to get some well needed rest. The rooms, designed for relatives, friends and carers of patients who are in the palliative or critical care stages of their treatment, include drinks making facilities, reclining chairs with bedding and a bathroom.
Speak to a member of ward staff to access one of these rooms. The rooms are available for one nights’ stay and are to be vacated by 11am the following day to allow for cleaning.
In collaboration with carers and staff from Carers Wakefield & District, alongside Wakefield Council, we have developed spaces for patients, family, friends and carers to spend time away from the bedside, to speak with professionals or as a place of privacy and comfort at what can be a distressing time.
We have a number of ‘family support rooms’ situated on our elderly care wards. Designed with a fitted wardrobe complete with a fold-away bed to enable family and carers to stay in the same room overnight and be physically close to their loved ones who are living with dementia or in their final days.
The ‘My Carers Toolkit’ has been produced by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership to offer support and guidance for carers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The toolkit includes a range of resources and support to help both carers and their loved ones to stay well and manage their health and wellbeing including details of Carer support groups in their area.
Wakefield Council and Kirklees Council have invested in the Digital Resource for Carers. This resource brings together a number of products and online resources to provide comprehensive information to carers, to promote self-care, and direct carers to relevant local services/support.
The core elements of the digital resource are:
Create an account using your free access code:
For full details of individual entitlement or changes due to hospital admission visit www.gov.uk
Below are a few links that take you to relevant parts of the NHS UK website for information about benefits and assessments:
When someone you care for is in hospital, it can be a very worrying and stressful time. Don’t be afraid to voice your concerns to ward or community staff. If you would like to give feedback on our services and the care the patient has received, please speak to the relevant ward manager, matron or service manager for the area the person you care for is receiving care from.
If you remain concerned after speaking to a member of staff, please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). The PALS team handles patient, family and carer concerns by liaising with staff, managers and, where appropriate, relevant organisations, to negotiate immediate or prompt solutions. If necessary, they can also refer patients and families to specific local or national based support agencies.