Cambridge University Hospitals – Addenbrooke’s and The Rosie Hospitals – are supporting carers with their carers’ passport scheme.
Carers who look after a family member or friend, may wish to continue some or all of their caring duties while the person they care for is in hospital.
This could include visiting them to assist at mealtimes, with personal care, or provide support with communication and mental health – Addenbrooke’s is allowing carers who look after a family member or friend the support they need with this and they will be catered for wherever possible.
Carers’ passports are yellow badges worn by a carer so that they can easily be identified by staff.
This scheme has been extended to outpatients attending Addenbrooke’s and The Rosie Hospitals.
Badges are issued after discussion with the patient, carer and staff about the caring duties that the carer would like to provide while the patient is in hospital. Staff will work with them as partners and that they should not feel obliged to continue their caring role as the hospital staff will be responsible for the patient’s care.
Outpatients and their carers can obtain a carers’ passport from the accessibility team. The accessibility team are happy to receive calls and emails from patients and carers about the carers’ passport , and will complete the agreement and issue a badge.