Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are intended to help visitors to our website. We have outlined some questions we are regularly asked providing links to pages within our website or to external organisations for further information.
For questions about the Integrated Care System (ICS), please visit our ICS FAQ page.
For information about COVID-19, please visit our Coronavirus page.
- How do I access Committee agendas, papers and minutes?
The BLMK Health and Care Partnership is working on behalf of our local population, and as such, Committee meetings are held in public and papers are available on our website.
- How can I keep up to date with your activities?
We are keen to share the work we are doing across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.
You can attend our Health and Care Partnership meetings which are listed on our Events calendar.
You can receive our regular stakeholder newsletter by joining our mailing list. Email: [email protected]
- Who can access my medical records?
Health and social care professionals have a responsibility to record information about the care or support you are receiving. Only professionals who are directly involved in your care will be able to see important information about you.
For more information about our Shared Health and Care Record visit our web page which includes some FAQs.
- What support is there for me as a carer?
There is a range of support available for people who are carers. These include Carer’s Assessments, Respite and financial support. Visit the NHS web page for information about support and benefits for carers. Please visit the NHS Support and Benefits for Carers page for more information.
- How can I get a break from my caring role? (Respite)
Taking a break from caring for someone while the person you care for is looked after by someone else is called Respite. Respite helps you to take time to look after yourself.
There are lots of respite care options. Visit the NHS web page for more information.
- What is carer’s allowance?
Carer’s Allowance is a benefit paid to you by the Government if you are caring for someone. For more information about eligibility and how to make a claim, visit the Government Carer’s Allowance web page.
- How can I get a carers assessment?
If you care for someone you can have an assessment to see what help you might need. This is called a Carer’s Assessment. It is free and anyone over 18 can ask for one. For more information about Carer’s Assessments, visit the NHS web page.
- Who supports my child’s health when they turn 18?
Anyone over 18 years with a Primary Health Need will be eligible for NHS ‘continuing healthcare’ (CHC) funded support. For more information see our Continuing Healthcare pages (link).
Information is available on the NHS website about moving from children’s social care to adult’s social care for children and young people with long term health conditions. Visit the NHS web page.
- How do I get an assessment for dementia?
If you think you may have dementia you should contact your GP. Your GP will ask some questions and may refer you for further tests or to see a dementia specialist. For more information about dementia assessments, visit the NHS web page.
- I've just been diagnosed with dementia - what happens next?
Your GP will talk to you and your family or carer about the type of dementia you have, the symptoms, treatment and the care and support services in your area. For more information about living with dementia, visit the NHS web page.
- What do I do if I am struggling to make an appointment with my GP?
GP surgeries are still open but many are working differently. GP practices are busy and there are different options available for appointments with your GP or other healthcare professionals within the surgery including face to face, telephone and virtual appointments. Visit our Accessing your local healthcare web page for more advice and guidance.
- How do I make a complaint?
If you wish to make a complaint, please visit our Complaints and Concerns page for more information
- How do I make a Freedom of Information request?
Please visit our Freedom of Information web page.