A carer is anyone providing unpaid care for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, mental health problems or an addiction, couldn’t cope without their support. This doesn’t include paid carers or anyone appointed through the voluntary sector, who are referred to as “care workers”, “support workers” or “personal assistants”.
Normally we value and welcome the support carers give while the person they’re caring for is in hospital, including emotional support, personal care and helping them at mealtimes. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have had to introduce some restrictions in order to protect our patients, staff and wider community. The details relating to our visiting restrictions can be found here. If the person you care for is vulnerable (as detailed in our visiting restrictions) please speak to a member of ward staff to find out how we can support you to come to the hospital to continue to provide support and reduce the distress that a hospital stay can cause for vulnerable people.
- Onsite facilities
- Toilets (including a disabled toilet) can be found in the main entrance, if you or the person you care for is unable to use a standard accessible toilet please contact the team you are visiting for support and advice
- Coffee shop
- Two small shops
- Main reception desk supported by paid staff and volunteers to assist you with your visit