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‘Tommy Whitelaw – A Carer’s Story’ features in NHS GGC Patients’ Stories Library

Posted on: Thu 4th Jul 2013

As part of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde’s Patients’ Stories Library for Hospital Staff, the story of Dementia Carer Voices’ Project Officer Tommy Whitelaw will be used to look at how services and patient experiences can be improved.

Tommy shared his story with frontline staff working across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, including the Ward staff that cared for his mother at the Southern General hospital. His film interview will also be shown across a number of NHSGGC hospital sites during Carers Week 2013 to help raise awareness amongst staff about the importance of supporting carers in contributing to delivering person centred care.

Tommy will be a familiar face to many people as a campaigner and public speaker for Dementia Carer Voices. Tommy has been working tirelessly to have the feedback, concerns and views of carers recognised in informing future service provision and in empowering carers themselves.

Carers play a crucial role in supporting health and social care. It is estimated that one in eight people in Scotland carry out an unpaid caring role. Tommy’s story highlights that it is in everyone’s interest that they are properly supported.

In order to care safely and in good health, carers need information, support, respect and recognition. Tommy’s story highlights that taking on a caring role can sometimes mean facing periods of isolation, frustration and loneliness. Many carers struggle alone and do not know that help is available to them. Tommy’s situation highlights how getting access to the right information at the right time can be vital in helping manage the impact of caring.

Glasgow City Carers Partnership provides a universal offer of information and advice to all carers in the city through their information and support line on 0141 353 6504. Further information can also be found here. >

Watch Tommys Film: A Carers Story


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