Carers learnt about keeping well and healthy at a special health focused Watford Carers Support Hub meeting.
Around 30 unpaid carers attended the Healthy Hub event at The Stanborough Centre, Watford.
Carers got to speak to an Occupational Therapist from Hertfordshire County Council, some nurses and a GP about any concerns or questions they had. There was also a chance to have a one to one chat with our Carer Support Advisors and get fitness advice from a Watford Leisure Centre representative.
Some carers took the opportunity to have their blood pressure checked and there was a chance for group discussions about what carers liked about their GP practices, how they could improve their service for carers and what support they would most like.
Professionals including Carers Champions from GP practices, a Pharmacist and Carers in Hertfordshire staff, were on hand to record carers’ views. Among the feedback of things they liked were flexible/priority appointments and being identified as a carer.
Issues carers raised was that they would like more consistency about what practices offer carers and they also want to be able to speak and learn about the person they care for more easily.
Carer Patricia, who attended the event on Thursday 1st September, said: “It was an informative session and I appreciated being able to speak to the health professionals that were there. I learnt that carers could get an annual health check.”
Another carer Brenda, who regularly goes to the Watford hub, said: “I found it helpful to know what the doctors surgery can offer carers. I’m now going to find out if my GP practice has a Carer Champion.”
David Cadogan, our GP Liaison Officer, said: “We were pleased to see so many carers at this event and hope they found it useful. Thank you to all the professionals who gave up their time to help us at this successful event. We look forward to welcoming carers to similar events in other Hubs.”
The Watford Carers Support Hub normally meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Community Room in Asda Watford North, St Albans Road, from 10.30am – 12.30pm. There is no need to book as carers can just turn up!