Who is a Carer?
A carer is a person of any age (this can be a child) who provides unpaid support to a partner, child, friend or relative who couldn't manage to live independently or whose health or well being would deteriorate without this help.
Did you know that:
- We have a carers lead, Mrs Therese Williams ("Terry") who can be contacted at Banks Medical Centre on 01202 593444. Terry can help advise you regarding problems you may have in accessing advice and support for carers. This might include accessing appointments at more suitable times for you if it is hard for you to leave the person for whom you care.
- We can provide you with a "Permission to Share Information " form. The person for whom you care can give us permission to share medical information about themselves with you. This enables you to stay involved in decisions about care and help us help the person for whom you care.
- As a carer you are entitled to a seasonal flu vaccination under the NHS even if you do not fall into a high risk group yourself?
- Carers are at high risk of stress and depression and we want to help look after your health. We will ask you at regular intervals whether things are getting on top of you and aim to try and help reduce feelings of isolation.
Some useful information.
NHS CARERS DIRECT HELPLINE 0808 802 0202
Advocare Charity for Carer Support 01202 737592