Do you think you may have been entitled to NHS Continuing Healthcare between 1 April 2004 and 31 March 2012?
The Department of Health has recently announced deadlines for backdated applications to assess eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare.
Barbara Drummond, NHS Suffolk’s continuing healthcare manager, said: "NHS Continuing Healthcare is provided to people who require ongoing care in their own home or in a care home. Many people pay for care for some time before they or their families apply for Continuing Healthcare and it is these backdated claims for which deadlines have now been introduced.
"If you have never applied for NHS Continuing Healthcare and think you may be entitled to receive it, you should contact us. However, any potential applicants should remember that eligibility is not determined by social, personal or residential care needs; it is only available for eligible patients in Suffolk with long term health needs who meet the criteria set nationally by the Department of Health.
"For care carried out between 1 April 2004 and 31 March 2011 the deadline is 30 September 2012; for care carried out between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012 the deadline is 31 March 2013."
You can learn more about NHS Continuing Healthcare funding and the eligibility criteria at www.suffolk.nhs.uk/Home/Services/ContinuingCare
To apply, in the first instance contact, by post: Barbara Drummond, NHS Suffolk Continuing Healthcare Manager, Rushbrook House, Papermill Lane, Bramford, Ipswich IP8 4DE
For an informal discussion contact her on 01473 770069 or 770288.