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 look 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.
For more information and support, visit the Slough Borough Council website.
You may also be interested in the Slough Caring for Our Carers Strategy (Joint Carers’ Commissioning Strategy 2016-2021).
If you wish to be registered as a carer, please complete the form in the Carers Register leaflet download below, and give it to reception staff at your GP Practice. It will be treated in confidence.