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PUBLISHED: 11:21 02 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:30 30 June 2010

MORE than two thirds of people in Great Yarmouth who look after a loved one do not access any help or support from health and care organisations, according to newly launched NHS service, Carers Direct.

MORE than two thirds of people in Great Yarmouth who look after a loved one do not access any help or support from health and care organisations, according to newly launched NHS service, Carers Direct.

There are nearly 9,611 people in the local authority of Great Yarmouth who take care of someone, such as an elderly parent or disabled family member, representing approximately one in 10 people in the area.

But, more than two thirds, over 6,468 people, do not see themselves as carers and do not register on the radars of health or care organisations.

This army of “hidden” carers often persevere alone, spending 20 hours or more a week looking after loved ones without seeking any assistance or support from organisations who can help them.

The Carers Direct helpline at 0808 8020202 is aiming to reach these “hidden” carers and encourage them to call the helpline and find out what practical and financial support may be available to them.

Free information, support and advice for anyone who looks after someone can be accessed via the Carers Direct free phone helpline on 0808 8020202 and the website www.nhs.uk/carersdirect.

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