Does your GP know that you are a Carer?

Picture1It is important to register as a Carer with your GP Practice.  Ask for it to be recorded on your Medical Records and their Carers Register.

Even if you are at a different practice to the person you carer for – register at your surgery, this will make sure that your caring role and responsibilities are recognised and considered, maybe offering home visits where possible, more convenient appointment times etc.

GPs will automatically call all carers on their register for a free annual flu jab. 

You can nominate your GP or the GP Practice for this year’s GP Awards – ring 01432 356068 for more details.

The Best and Worst GPs in Herefordshire as voted by patients

A report published in the Hereford Times in July showed the results of a GP Patient Survey asking patients about a range of performance areas at their surgeries including waiting times, ease of making appointment, quality of GPs and nurses, opening times, and overall experience.

To see the report go to:

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Questions about Cancer

123Step on board with

Macmillan Cancer


No appointment necessary.

Go and talk to their friendly specialists.

Wednesday 30th August 2017, 10am to 4pm at Garrick Lane  (Outside My Coffee Corner), Hereford, HR4 9HR

Thursday 31st August 2017, 10am to 4pm at Labels Shopping, Ledbury Road, Ross-on-Wye HR9 7QQ

Friday 1st September 2017, 9am to 3pm at Morrisons, Barons Cross Road, Leominster HR6 8RH

Or you can pick up some of our free leaflets, phone their free support line on 0808 808 00 00 or visit

Organised in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, registered charity in England and Wales (261017), Scotland (SC039907) and the Isle of Man (604). Also operating in Northern Ireland

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Carers Strategy approved by Cabinet

As reported in the Hereford Times today (27/07/2017)  Herefordshire Council’s cabinet has approved the latest Carers Strategy which aims to identify Carers and provide clear ways to help and support them.

You can find the article here:

The full range of associated documents can be found on the Council’s website, but we’ve put links to the various papers below for convenience.


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Please help Young Carer Charlotte raise £100

18057810_1868654496707097_4218766125512164748_n“At home I help my Mum and at the weekend I help my Nan and Grandad”

“At my Mum’s I go to town with her to do the shopping because she gets panicked and stops breathing. I help cook, I clean and I hoover. At my Nan and Granddad’s I wash up, sort out the laundry, wash my Granddad’s feet, go shopping on my own and polish stuff”

Charlotte is a Young Carer, providing practical help and emotional support for various family members with illnesses and disabilities. As well as caring for Mother, Nan and Grandad, another close family member has recently been diagnosed with a serious illness so Charlotte spends all her spare time helping out.

This kind, thoughtful and beautiful young girl has decided even with her caring role and the challenges she is facing she’s not doing enough for others.  She has been growing her hair to donate to the Little Princess Trust.

Please donate what you can to support Charlotte and the great cause of the Little Princess Trust.

Today Charlotte braved the chop and had all of her golden locks cut off for the Little Princess Trust.  She is close to her £100 target but not quite there.  There is still time to donate online.

Huge thanks to Opal of LV Hair, Bridge Street, Hereford for doing the honours.









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Contact the Elderly tea party group for isolated older guests in Ledbury

Contact the Elderly Tea PartiesContact the Elderly is a charity dedicated to running tea party groups are for isolated older guests aged 75 and over, who live alone (including in sheltered accommodation).

Guests are collected by the same volunteer driver each month and taken to Sunday afternoon tea in a volunteer host’s home. The group of guests and drivers are the same each month, which means that over time some lovely friendships develop, and new support networks are formed.

The service is completely free, groups are overseen by a volunteer coordinator, and all drivers are DBS and reference checked, as well as being briefed on Contact the Elderly’s health and safety and safeguarding procedures.

The groups can accommodate 6-8 older guests, but if there are more referrals then Contact the Elderly are always looking to set up extra groups.

If you know of anyone who would benefit please do get in touch.  You can refer people online with their permission, or print out invites here. More information about the groups here.

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parent carer logo_smallIf your child has additional needs, please talk to your Health Visitor, School Nurse, GP or Paediatrician and ask for an assessment as they approach three years of age. Your child may be prescribed free nappies or pull ups from 3 years.

Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are continuing to review the services offered to children in Herefordshire. If you have any experiences to share, ideas of how a service may help your child or situation, please get in touch.

The children in Herefordshire will have better health social and educational outcomes if the toileting needs are met appropriately. Families will be under less stress.  Please ask for assessments and expect a service. This service has been reduced or not available for nine years.

If your child currently receives products you can contact School Nurse Manager, Sara Powell.

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Petition for free/concessionary travel for carers

Amanda Macdonald has created a petition on campaigning for free/concessionary travel for carers.

The proposal is that the government take the initiative to offer free/concessionary transport for carers to allow them to better care. This could be possible either through adapting the the concession and companion card which currently allows the carer to travel with the cared for but not seperately which in most cases is needed or through some form of  add on to carers allowance for those in receipt of it though preferably carers wouldn’t need to be in receipt of carers allowance as not every carer who could benefit from this travel are.

Amanda Macdonald’s petition has currently reached over 1800 signatures and is being backed by my local council’s petition board (Renfrewshire Council), in lobbying the Scottish Government to provide free/concessionary transport for unpaid carers.

Some other supporters of the petition include; Cosla, The coalition of carers, Carers UK, Enable Scotland and many MSP’s.

Click to view the petition

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Herefordshire Young Carers given £53,692 grant by Freemasons

Herefordshire Freemasons visit Herefordshire Young Carers Club

Herefordshire Freemasons visit Herefordshire Young Carers Club

Herefordshire Carers Support provides support and advice to children and young adults carers has benefited from a large grant from local Freemasons.

There are more than four thousand young carers within Herefordshire, looking after sick and disabled family members. They are often responsible for cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene and emotional support of one or more people. 

It can be a confusing and lonely role for a child or young person and can lead to social isolation and damage academic performance, which can have life-long consequences.

Herefordshire Freemasons have given £53,692 to provide a support worker who will work with schools, families and young carers themselves. The grant from Herefordshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation which is funded by Freemasons from across England and Wales.

Herefordshire Young Carers is a dedicated team within Herefordshire Carers Support who help children and young people who look after someone in their family who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or has a problem with drugs or alcohol.

Susan Brace, Young Carers Community Development Worker said:

 “We’re very grateful to Herefordshire Freemason for their generous grant.

“There are around 360 registered Young Carers in Herefordshire but the true number is likely to be much higher.

 “We want these children to be able to live a full life, like their friends, which means they won’t be missing out on their childhoods or education – getting the help and support they desperately need.”

 Rev’d David Bowen, the Provincial Grand Master of Herefordshire Freemasons said:

“We are very pleased to be able to help Herefordshire Carers Support. The work they do is hugely important and can make an enormous difference to the lives of these vulnerable children.”

About the Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the MCF awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people. The MCF also helps to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contributes to worldwide appeals for disaster relief.  In total, MCF support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally. As well as providing grants to charities, the MCF supports Masonic families with a financial, health or family need. Visit

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Mindfulness for Health Course


Mindfulness for Health Course on four alternate weekends with St Michael’s Staff Nurse and Breathworks Mindfulness Practitioner Gail Calthrop.

Beginning Sunday 3rd September 2017 1.30pm – 5.30pm

Life can be challenging, especially if we are living with pain and acute or chronic health problems and the accompanying stresses. Finding the simple pleasures that can sustain and provide meaning to how we experience our daily lives can feel like an uphill battle. With a Mindfulness approach, we can learn helpful ways to cope with difficulties, and find and appreciate the pleasures of the everyday moment. This course is open to anyone with health concerns.

Mindfulness for Health Course We are delighted that Breathworks is partnering with St Michael’s Hospice to offer these courses, which enables us to keep their cost to a minimum. Course participants are required to cover the cost of their course materials which are £36. This includes the textbook ‘Mindfulness for Health’, CDs, course handbook and handouts.

For more information and to discuss booking a place, please contact Staff Nurse Gail Calthrop on 01432 851 000 or email

  • Sunday 3rd September 2017 1.30-5.30
  • Sunday 17th September 2017 1.30-5.30
  • Sunday 1st October  1.30-5.30
  • Saturday 14th October 11am-5.30 (please note change of day and earlier start time)

And we are offering a short catch up and closing get-together on Sunday October 29th 2-4pm St Michael’s Hospice Bartestree Hereford HR1 4HA
Tel: 01432 851 000

VIDEO: What are the benefits of doing a Breathworks mindfulness for Health course?

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Community Services Engagement

NHS Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are seeking your views on the CCGs plans to engage on what local community health and care services could look like and how people can get involved.

How can I get involved?

The CCG will be holding a series of countywide public engagement events throughout the summer into September 2017.

Please see the table below for details:

 Date Venue  Locality  Time
 18 July 2017  The Ryefield Centre  Ross-on-Wye  10am – 11.30am
 25 July 2017  Burgage Hall  Ledbury  3pm – 4.30pm
 27 July 2017   Old Police Station  Kington  10am – 11.30am
 1 August 2017  The Grange  Leominster  1pm – 2.30pm
 2 August 2017  Hope Centre  Bromyard  10am – 11.30am
2 August 2017 Town Hall Hereford 3pm – 4.30pm

For more information, please see the consultation and engagement calendar.

Booking is not required, but if you want to confirm your attendance at one of the events please email your name, contact details and representative organisation to

What if I can’t attend an event? 

If you would like to be involved in the community services engagement, but can’t attend one of our public meetings there are still a number of ways to get involved and stay informed:

Where can I learn more about the community services engagement?

The best way to learn more about the engagement is to go along to one of the engagement sessions. Please see the list of dates above.

The CCG will be updating all news about the community services engagement on the CCG website

They will also be sharing highlights from our events and event reminders on Twitter.

View  pdf map of current Herefordshire community service locations here (81 KB) .

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