Are you a carer or cared for? Do you care for someone who could not manage without you or are you someone that is cared for?
It is important that carers stay as fit and healthy as possible. We want to help carers however we can only do this if you let us know you are a carer and register yourself as a carer using the Carer Registration Form (see below).
Under NHS regulations all GPs are required to compile a register of carers. This identifies carers and their needs so that support can be offered when needed if you care for a relative, friend or neighbour who is dependent on that help. The person being cared for may be handicapped, have a debilitating physical or mental illness or be in frail health and can be any age.
We may be able to help you and ensure that your own health needs are met in the most appropriate way. To do this please register with us as a carer:
If you do not want to register online, please pick up the form at reception and complete it there.
A carer is an unpaid person who looks after a family member, relative, partner, neighbour or friend who needs help due to ill health, old age, disability, drug or alcohol misuse or who has mental health problems. You do not need to live with the person, nor do you have to be the only one who does the caring.
Sometimes, people don’t realise they are carers, and think that they ‘just look after, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, children, friends, etc’. These ‘hidden’ carers deserve recognition and support, and may be eligible to receive a number of services to help them with their caring role. The Carers Support Team recognises that carers play a vital role in looking after vulnerable people and aims to help them continue caring for as long as they feel able to do so. Support for carers is provided in a number of ways from information and advice on carer related issues to the provision of grants and special break schemes.
For further information or assistance, please contact the Carers Support Team.
Telephone 01942 705959 or see How to get support if you're a carer.
Carer registration leaflets are available from the surgery or from the Carers Support Team.
The Health Organisations Carers section on this website has lots of useful links to help carers.