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Support for Carers

If the person you are caring for is in  Pinderfields hospital, you can get a 'pink lanyard' from Wakefield District Carers Hub on Floor E.   This will let hospital staff know that you are caring for someone and allow you to visit the person outside of normal visiting hours.

Mid Yorkshire Trust have a Carers Passport and Carer Lanyard to help identify carers on the wards / at outpatient appointments. For the passport to be used for open visiting, it has to be agreed in advance by the ward manager.

Open visiting is only for carers supporting a loved one who is at the end of life.

You can email to request a lanyard or speak to the Complex Needs Team at the hospital by email at or by calling 01924 542102

A Family, Friends and Carers' Charter has been created by Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust, Carers Wakefield and District, Wakefield Council, carers and volunteers. By listening to carers' knowledge about the person they care for, and involving carers in decisions about the patients care whilst they are in hospital, we aim to make carers feel valued, involved and informed. This charter explains what you can expect from the Trust.

View the friends-family-and-carers-charter.pdf [pdf] 87KB

In collaboration with carers and staff from Carers Wakefield & District, alongside Wakefield Council, the Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust have developed spaces for patients, family, friends and carers to spend time away from the bedside, to speak with professionals or as a place of privacy and comfort at what can be a distressing time.

As a Trust, Mid Yorkshire aims to ensure that all patients with a complex need (learning disabilities, autism, dementia, delirium and mental health) receive good quality care at the same level as all patients accessing the Trust.

Click here to see more about their service. 

Before the VIP Red Bag project, important documents such as hospital passports, Do Not Resuscitate forms and personal belongings were routinely mislaid or misused. These documents provide important information and explain how a person with a learning disability likes to be supported and what reasonable adjustments can be made to their care.

The VIP Red Bag holds all of these documents in one place. By providing the right information, healthcare professionals are better able to understand the person they are treating and can make adjustments to the care they provide. It is kept ready packed with everything a person may need to go to hospital, this includes anything that will support the person to be less anxious.

If you have a learning disability (aged over 14) and live in Wakefield, you can request a VIP Red Bag (or if you support someone and would like to request a VIP Red Bag on their behalf), please contact the Wakefield team: 

Click here for more information. 

This hospital passport will help you to communicate your needs and can be used by any patient with a complex need.

Click here for the passport. 

Hospital Team

Carers Wakefield and District offer support to any carer who has a loved one admitted to Pinderfields, Pontefract or Dewsbury Hospitals. They can attend discharge meetings or other key meetings to ensure the carer and their loved ones get the care and support they need.

The team are based in Pinderfields but can see a carer from any Mid Yorkshire Trust hospitals. The hospital support workers can be contacted on 01924 305544 or individually:

Referrals from professionals can be emailed or phoned through to Carers Wakefield.

Last updated: 6/5/2023