West Norfolk carers urged to sign up for emergency card

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Carers in West Norfolk are being urged to register for and carry a card which could help save the life of the friend, relative or loved one they support.

A new drive for people to use the free card, supplied by Norfolk County Council, has been launched to coincide with Carers’ Week.

If someone carrying a carers emergency card is taken ill or involved in an accident, they or the emergency services can ring the helpline and the council will use the information in the carer’s emergency plan, such as details about the support they provide and emergency contact details, to ensure the person they care for isn’t put at risk.

Bill Borrett, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Adult Social Care Committee, said: “I think this is a great idea and I urge anybody who cares for someone to apply for one.

“Carers provide amazing support across Norfolk and anything we can do to help protect the people they care for must be a good thing.”

To register for a card, phone 0808 8089876.