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Support for carers
At Laurel Bank Surgery we recognises that carers have a key role to play in supporting the care provided and in helping the practice to understand the needs of the person they care for. We also recognise that many carers find their health suffers as a consequence of the strains of caring. Information sharing with carers is essential for the successful delivery of care.
Does your GP know you are a Carer?
Although there isn't a national register for carers, make sure that you tell your GP that you are a carer, and ask them to write the details on your notes. your GP will ensure that, as a carer, you receive a regular health check and, if necessary, a flu jab.
A carers notice board is provided in the reception area with a range of publicity materials. A Carers Information Pack is available on request from reception. It consists of leaflets, including information on access to additional services, benefits, disability law etc. Our point of contact at the practice for carers is Mrs Helen Mountjoy.
Further information can be gained from the Cheshire Carers Centre which is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. They provide information, advice and support for Carers across Cheshire and can be contacted on the Carers Helpline 0800 0850307.
Remember you're a carer!
Every day, another six thousand people take on a caring responsibility. Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner.
Every year 2 million people become carers, so the first thing to remember is you are not alone! Becoming a carer can be bewildering, confusing and frightening. No one is super human and all carers need some support and back-up.
Recognising yourself as a carer is the very first step to getting the support you need. Many of us do not see ourselves as carers straight away.
We are simply doing what anyone would, caring unpaid for a loved one or friend, helping them through when they are unable to do things for themselves. The fact is that you are also a carer, and there are things that you need to know. No one likes to be labelled, but recognising yourself as a carer can be the gateway to getting a range of help and support.