Dear Carers, we are looking for you.
A carer is anyone, including children and adults who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support.
Are you a carer? If so we would really like to make sure that you are getting the right support.
Next time you contact the surgery please inform the team member you speak to that you are a carer. If the person that you care for is a patient also please inform us of this. This information allows us to take better care of you and the person you care for.
Carer registration with GP form
Help for carers:-
From a practice perspective there are many things that we can do in order to help you care for the person you care for.
Sort out Repeat Dispensing (RD's), if the person you care for is on medication that you have to order monthly from repeats, contact the surgery and ask that this is changed to repeat dispensing. We will organise a check up and any outstanding tests just once a year and then issue ALL of the years medications to the chemist. This means that you no longer need to contact the surgery to order monthly, instead you can go straight to the chemist to pick up the prescriptions. At the end of the 12 months call the practice and they will organise any tests needed and then repeat the process. You will only need to contact us in the year with new problems.
CHEMISTS; chemists can sort out dosset boxes for you and deliveries, they often need quite a bit of notice so please contact the chemist that you use regularly to enquire.
Social prescribing; We have a social prescriber, its their job to look at your situation and recommend anything we can do to help, do you need extra nursing care, social services input, assessments for equipment in the house? Or do you as the carer need someone to talk to, help finding a group for some YOU time? If any of the above sounds like it would help you please contact the surgery and ask that the reception team refer you to our social prescriber, she will call you back to assess what we can do to help.
Is the person you care for housebound? Our definition of housebound is those who are unable to leave the house for things like hair appointments or shopping, if the person you look after is housebound, have you told us? We understand that situations change, if the person you care for is now no longer able to leave the house please let us know. You can do this via Engage (link on home page), or via the phone.
You and the person you care for are entitled to the FLU Vaccination, you must be registered with us as a carer by letting us know. If the person you care for is not a patient they will have to attend their own surgery for the vaccination, (or if they are housebound a house visit will be arranged). Surgeries have to order months in advance the number of vaccinations we need so the quicker you inform us the better.
How else can we help?
We have many people wanting to reach out and help support you! Its vital we support you mentally and physically so that you are able to help and support the person you care for.
Remember this is not a sign of weakness and you do not just need to "cope"
Where to find help;
There are some fantastic organisations that are expertly trained to help and support you and the person you care for.
VASL (see below links) can help you with a vast array of problems that can arise, from financial to mental health well being.
Isolation and loneliness can cause serious issues, and you are not alone! Locally we have a fantastic team of "Local Area Coordinators", they are employed by public health and work very closely with the practice to help patients where they can with social and mental health support. Things like finding and accompanying you to support groups or ensuring you can spend some time doing the hobbies or things you want to do so you get to "re-charge" you batteries. Or even just a phone call a week to check on you.
VASL links below:
Carer support service
Guide for Carers