Are you a carer?

A carer is someone who looks after a friend, family member or neighbour due to old age, physical or mental illness, disability, or an addiction.

’Looking after’ can mean helping with things like shopping, domestic tasks or just for emotional assistance and personal care – all of which can be more difficult during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A carer

If this sounds like you, you could be a carer. Your health and wellbeing are just as important as anyone else’s and at Ashford Medical Partnership there is support available for you.

To register as a carer, all you need to do is to fill out a consent form that we send out to you, this will be added to your medical records, and to the patient(s) you are caring for. This is to ensure we are complying with the Data Protection Act 1998, therefore we require the written consent in order to register you as a carer, and the consent from the patient being cared for, in order to share medical information with their carers.

Some of the benefits to registering as a carer at your surgery are: the practice will know who can collect prescriptions on behalf of others; the GP’s will know who is authorized to discuss problems on behalf of another: the practice can arrange an ‘Assessment of Needs’ (if agreed).

As a carer, you become eligible for things like flu vaccinations, if you were not already. We will also be providing free NHS health checks in the near future for those who forget that you can only look after someone else if you are looking after yourself too.

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We will also provide support for our young carers, those under the age of 18 and still in education.

You may qualify for financial assistance like Care’s Allowance or Young Carer’s Grant, if you would like this help there will be a tick box at the back of your consent forms.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact either the surgery or some of these useful contacts:

Carer's UK Advice Line

Carers’ Support

Disabled Living Foundation