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Time to Care – June’s Newsletter

Welcome to our June newsletter, we hope you have all been enjoying the warm sunny weather and are staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids? 

June’s Newsletter will focus on raising awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. 

By raising awareness this may help people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities identify as carers and access much-needed support.

Who Is a Carer?

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, addiction, or who needs extra help as they grow older.  It isn’t someone who volunteers or is employed to provide support.

How does HCF Support Carers

At Health Care First we are passionate about supporting our Carers; we acknowledge the important job that carers do.

Caring can have positive and rewarding aspects, there are lots of reasons why caring can also leave you needing support.

At Health Care First we want to support you in accessing local carers’ information. 

Please email healthcare.first@nhs.net  or alternatively let reception know you are a carer and would like to be added to our carers register. 

If you are a carer and would like support our Carers Champions can navigate you to local support, for example Carers Leeds or Wakefield who can support, you throughout your caring journey.

Health Care First Carers Champions are –

Joanne, Vicki H, Karen W, Katie I and Jennifer C, 

Alternatively, you are more than welcome to contact your nearest carers group directly, details can be found on the link below.

Useful Links – Wakefield Carers (carerswakefield.org.uk)

Carers Leeds – Supporting unpaid carers

If you would like to attend a Carers Group run by the practice, please do email your interest to  healthcare.first@nhs.net  so we can gauge interest. 

Appointment Support Project – Live Well Wakefield 

Do you need support to attend healthcare appointments?

https://www.livewellwakefield.nhs.uk/referrals/new

GPs Are on Your Side

If you have lost your family doctor, you are not alone. General Practice is broken.  Help us fix it.

You have probably noticed that something is wrong. Look at the difficulty you have in getting an appointment at your local surgery. When you do get through, it may not be an appointment with a GP at all. Have you lost your regular family doctor? You are not alone. The past decade has seen us lose far too many surgeries and thousands of GPs.

General Practice is collapsing. Every practice across England is struggling to keep its doors open.

We value our patients. We know that most patients value us too, especially when they need us regularly. You know we can deal with most of your health problems, keep you out of hospital, and have your best interests at heart. The problem is with the mismanagement of the NHS.

Your GP is an expert in general medical practice – trained over 10 years to deal with complex problems, spot serious symptoms, and decide when you need specialist help at the hospital.

But did you know that your practice receives just £107.57 per year for each patient, whatever their health needs. That’s less than the cost of an annual TV license.

It’s just 30p a day for every patient registered with us – less than the cost of an apple.

We believe general practice deserves a bigger slice of NHS funding so we can train and hire more GPs, deliver the services you require and make it easier for you and your loved ones to get appointments to see your GP and practice team.

GPs want the same things that you do. We believe nobody should struggle to see their family doctor.

General Practice should be as it once was – a familiar family doctor, offering continuity of care in a surgery full of friendly familiar faces within a safe building where you knew you would get the care you needed.

How can you support your family doctor?

Talk to any election candidate who you come across.

When candidates from the political parties come knocking on your door, ask them what they will do to save general practice. What will they do so you can see a GP in a modern local surgery?

Join the patient participation group at your local practice.

Join Health Care First’ patient participation group (PPG), to support the practice and help to influence and support your local surgery. 

Please email your request to join the Health Care First’ Patient Participation Group to 
wyicb-wak.ppg.hcf@nhs.net

The National Association for Patient Participation has useful information about patient participation groups for anyone who would like further information.