Caring can take a toll on your own health and wellbeing so it is especially important to look after yourself.
It is important you identify yourself as a carer to your GP Practice so they are aware of your situation and can offer extra support if necessary. For example they can:
- Ensure you have access to flu jabs and health checks
- Provide information and advice on medical conditions and treatments for the person you care for
- Visit you or the person you care for at home if your situation makes it difficult for you to attend appointments at the surgery
- Arrange appointments for you and the person you care for at the same time to avoid having to visit the surgery twice
- Arrange for repeat prescriptions to be delivered to your local pharmacy
- Provide information on other NHS services such as the continence service and patient transport to hospital appointments
- Provide letters and information to support applications for benefits or help with housing or travel.
If you care for someone with a learning disability aged 14 or over, they are entitled to a free annual health check if they are registered on their GP's Learning Disability Register.
NHS Choices for Carers - www.nhs.uk/carers
Direct Helpline: 0300 123 1053