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Date: 21 May 2019

Time: 18:01

Privacy and dignity

Carers

At University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), we recognise and value the role carers have in the health, comfort and wellbeing of our patients.

Carers are welcome on our wards and are treated as partners in care. Flexible visiting, a comfy guest bed, breakfast and bathroom facilities extend this welcome.  We also respect that carers need a break too and encourage this. Two Carer Coordinators are available to support and signpost carers.

Who is a carer?

There is no single definition of a carer. A carer is generally described as a person of any age providing unpaid care to an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner. This may include physical care and/or emotional support, advice and advocacy.

Who is not a carer?

Anyone who is a volunteer placed in a caring role by a voluntary organisation or someone who is paid as a care worker or personal assistant is not classed as a carer.

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