A NEW befriending phone line for carers is being launched today by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Carers can call 01865 901012 at any time and leave their details.

A befriender will call back between 11am and midday, Monday to Friday.

Di Hilson, carers’ lead for the trust, said: “Looking after someone, of any age, with a mental health illness, a physical health condition or a learning disability can be challenging.

"It can be lonely and make people feel cut off from others.

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The impact of Covid-19 is likely to have made some carers feel even more isolated and alone."

It is not for emergencies and responders will not have access to clinical information.

The service is being supported by staff and volunteers from Oxford Health.

The phone line itself has been funded through the Oxford Health Charity as part of the NHS Charities Together grant.