A NEW "passport" has been introduced to give carers more privileges when looking after people in hospital.

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust’s Carer’s Passport gives support to carers who are looking after patients while they are in hospital and gives them the opportunity to work with doctors and nurses.

It gives privileges like out-of-hours visiting and overnight stays, as well as discounted food and drink in Harrogate District Hospital.

The initiative has been launched by Tammy Gotts, lead matron for Patients Living with Dementia.

She said: “We recognise carers may wish to be involved in the care of a patient while they are in hospital. Therefore, patients will benefit from co-ordination, understanding and co-operation between hospital staff and those who know them best.”