Respite and response team Our respite and response service offers support to patients and carers at home. The team recognise that carers need the opportunity to take a break if they are to be able to continue in their caring role and our team of care assistants give them the chance to do just that. We care for both the patient and their carer. The service aims to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital, provides respite or support to carers at a time of crisis, and allows patients and their families' options about their choices and wishes at end of life. In 2013, the service was awarded a four year grant of £463,270 from the Big Lottery Fund allowing us to significantly extend the care we offer, to include patients and carers from across the whole of Ayrshire. And, in March 2019, funding of £351,424 was awarded by the Big Lottery Fund to extend the service by a further three years. The respite and response service works in partnership with other health professionals like district nurses, social carers and GPs. The service is run in addition to the care these people may already provide and does not replace it. We work to support that care and to boost it when times are particularly difficult. For further information please contact our respite and response coordinator Gillian Boyle on 01292 269200.