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Carers Lounge

Carers in Beds lounge

The Carers Lounge has re-opened.

Our support workers are here to help you when there is a hospital admission – whether that is the person you care for or yourself. You can complete the form here and one of our support workers will then phone you to offer emotional and practical support.

For immediate assistance, information and advice please contact Maria Panteli – Hospital Support Co-ordinator via mobile 07772 231230, by telephone 01582 491166 ext 2362  or by email from 9:00am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

For General Carers in Bedfordshire information call 0300 111 1919 9am – 4.30pm or Email

Three in five people in the UK will become a carer at some point in their lives.

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or addiction, cannot cope without their support.

The L&D has a dedicated space for unpaid carers to access information, advice, practical and emotional support– the Carers Lounge is hosted by local charity, Carers in Bedfordshire.

The Carers Lounge offers unpaid carers access to information, advice and emotional/practical support in a friendly, confidential space. The lounge is staffed by trained support workers and volunteers who will welcome you with a cup of tea or coffee and give you the opportunity to talk to someone who will listen.

You can find the Carers Lounge on the ground floor in St Marys Wing. Maria Panteli will be based at the L&D on Mondays and Wednesdays and at Bedford on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 4:30pm.

No appointment is necessary, just drop in and you will be welcomed.

For more information about support for carers, dementia support and our range of services including: NHS grants, a programme of groups and training, Cafés and more, visit our website or drop in to the Carers Lounge. If you would like to volunteer at or support the Carers Lounge, please contact us on the details below.