Support for carers

Does someone rely on you? Do you provide support to a family member or a friend who can’t manage without you?

This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or is affected by mental ill-health or substance misuse. You may be a young person under 18 who is caring for someone.

Why should I let my GP surgery know I am a carer?

When you are a carer it is often difficult to have a real break or time off for yourself. You can get tired and run down, and your own health may suffer, but you don’t have to suffer alone as help and support is available. Tell your GP that you are a carer and ask to be put on the carers’ register.

In most cases the surgery can:

  • let you know about local carers’ support services
  • arrange flexible appointment times to meet your needs
  • refer you for a carers’ assessment which looks at how caring affects your life, including health issues
  • give you a free flu vaccination
  • provide you with a health check if you are aged over 45 years

Registering as a carer

If you wish to be registered as a carer contact your GP practice and they will provide you with a form to complete. It will be treated in confidence.