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Are You A Carer?

A carer is an individual of any age, including children, who offers unpaid assistance to a partner, family member, friend, or neighbour who relies on their help to manage various life challenges. This dependency can stem from factors such as old age, fragility, disability, a severe health condition, mental health issues, or substance misuse. Parents caring for disabled children or those with severe health conditions are also recognised as carers.

Recognising that you are an unpaid carer at your registered surgery can mark the initial step towards obtaining the necessary assistance and support for your carer role.

We are here to support carers, regardless of their unique circumstances.

Caring for someone can be fulfilling, but we understand that it can also be demanding, exhausting, and, for some, socially isolating. We are committed to assisting our caregivers because we recognise the immense value and significance of your role. Therefore, it is crucial that you inform your practice about your carer status. Once you have informed your registered practice that you are a carer, we will include your details in our carer registry. This ensures that our medical staff is aware of your caregiving responsibilities, and we may be able to provide additional support to help you manage your own health, including:

  • Access to flu vaccinations

  • Access to longer GP appointments

  • Flexible and priority appointment scheduling

  • Referrals to specialized caregiver services

  • Follow-up communications from dedicated Care Coordinators affiliated with each clinic

  • An opportunity to participate in our monthly GP Carers Clinic for one-on-one, in-person support

All newly registered carers will receive a call or letter from our Carers Lead and a carers welcome package and a phone call for additional support.

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