Western Sydney Local Health District thanks its carers

12 Oct 2015

Carers from across the Western Sydney Local Health District were thanked for their generosity during National Carers Week 2015 (October 12 – 17), receiving pamper sessions, morning tea and free medical tests.

Carers who help patients in Westmead Hospital’s eye clinic, geriatric day hospital and the oncology ward were treated to complimentary beauty treatments on October 12, receiving free mini-facials, manicures and massages.

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Carers Cecilia Fontanilla and Angela Pantaleone at Westmead Hospital during National Carers Week 2015.

An information stand, providing resources for carers, was also on display in the hospital’s main foyer for the week while the McBeath Pharmacy provided free carer blood pressure and blood glucose tests.

Staff at Blacktown Hospital also received some free pampering while Auburn Hospital’s staff carers were treated to a special morning tea on October 15.

Patient and Carer Experience officer Wendy Edmonds said Carers Week was a good time for all Australians to recognise, celebrate and thank carers in the community.

“There are more than 2.7 million carers in Australia providing unpaid care and support to family members or friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail or aged,” she said.

“Some carers spend the majority of their time and energy supporting others and can sometimes forget about their own well-being; this is a chance for them to have a little time-out”.

A HUGE thank you to all our wonderful carers – we greatly appreciate everything you do!