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Coronavirus

Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, some of the organisations listed on here are still in the process of posting service updates. Many phone lines and websites are still available, but some contact details have changed. Try the organisation's own website if you're having difficulty getting through.

If you have any queries, please email us at dos@reading.gov.uk or fis@reading.gov.uk

Help from your GP

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

Last review date: 11/11/2019

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