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Carers Week, which runs from 11-19 June 2018, is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the vital contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

The focus on Carers Week this year is to encourage everyone to think about how they can better support carers to stay healthy and connected.

Dr Ellen Wright, a local GP and chair of NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

"The reality of the situation is that we are all living longer, and that brings its own challenges in terms of deteriorating health. There is a steady growth in long-term conditions, such as COPD, diabetes and heart disease as well as dementia.

"While as our focus is primarily on the patient, it's really important to take a moment to recognise the carers in our community who are supporting these patients with long term illness and encourage them to be healthy, remain connected and seek support when needed.

"This carers week is an opportunity to raise awareness for the hard work and dedication of carers in south east London, and to check in on those we know who are caring for someone else."

Find out more about Carers Week, including how carers can be betters supported to stay healthy and connected, and take the pledge your support by visiting:

For more information on Carers' breaks and respite visit:

To find local carer services please visit NHS Choices here

To download the NHS Carers toolkit please visit: