Essex Carers Support have been out and about in the Basildon area lately. We were at the Ballards Walk GP Practice recently for their Flu Jab Event where we met lots of new carers and were able to offer quality information and advice to carers who use the surgery.
We also attended and supported the Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group’s first patient engagement event. It was a great networking opportunity and we met the lovely staff from St Luke’s Hospice and heard all about their new “One Response” service, giving a co-ordinating service for people with palliative needs and their carers. We also met representatives of all the local GP “Practice Participation Groups” from across the districts and made sure they all know about the services we offer carers. We spoke up during the workshop sessions and made sure that carer issues were high on everyone’s agenda. Our staff spoke about and highlighted the difficulty faced when it comes to hospital discharge, navigating the health and social care system and gaining breaks from caring. We look forward to making the most of the contacts we made and hopefully supporting more carers from Basildon as a result.