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Carer's Passport for use at community hospitals

As a carer you can expect to be offered the opportunity, should you wish, to be with the person you care for at any time – and not be confined to normal visiting hours.

We now run a Carer's Passport Scheme at all of our community hospitals. Under the system, you can identify yourself on arrival and request a badge, or ‘passport’, which allows you to stay beyond regular visiting hours – providing reassurance and additional help for the person you are caring for.

Once you’ve identified yourself to staff as a carer you should wear your ‘passport’ at all times outside regular ward visiting hours.  Hospital staff welcome your presence in the early morning, during the day and later in the evening with any assistance you would like to offer.  Currently overnight stays are at the discretion of ward staff.  Nursing and medical staff will carry out numerous reviews and assessments every day and are happy for you to be included in these with the consent of the person you care for. There may be times when a more detailed discussion is needed so a specific appointment may sometimes be arranged with you. There may also be situations in the hospital that affect your carer role and we will discuss these with you.  Please chat with any member of hospital staff to find out more. More details can also be found in our 'Information for carer's' leaflet.

The scheme is based on the national John’s Campaign, which aims to give carers of those living with dementia the right to stay with them in hospital. However, we have opened up our Carer's Passport scheme to all carers.

Our community hospitals have signed up to John’s Campaign via this pledge.