Staff from over 300 pharmacies across Greater Glasgow & Clyde are working with Carers Trust Scotland on a project during Carers Week, which runs from 9-15 June, that will help identify and support unpaid carers.

Staff will be wearing badges and distributing leaflets to members of the public whom they think are providing unpaid care for someone. Carers will also be given information on the carers centres that are local to them so they know where to access support.

Florence Burke, Director of Carers Trust Scotland, said:

“Finding hidden carers is a huge part of what we do and pharmacists can play a vital role in identifying and supporting carers. They are in a unique position where they can engage with carers and act as a trusted source of information.

“Many pharmacists will work near a carers centre but they may not have been aware of its existence. This project will hopefully be the start of a nationwide programme that seeks to help carers and forge long-term links between pharmacies and carers centres.”

David Thomson, Lead Pharmacist - Community Pharmacy Development & Governance for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, said:

“We’re delighted to be involved in this project with Carers Trust Scotland and we hope that it will help Glasgow’s unpaid carers access the support they need. Community pharmacists will have contact with carers on a daily basis and, armed with the right information, will be able to offer them advice and support.

“As well as encouraging community pharmacists to promote the campaign, I would also encourage any members of the public who think they may be a carer to speak to their local pharmacist.”