Carers are defined by Carers UK as those who 'look after family; partners or friends in need of help because they are ill, frail or have a disability. The care they provide is unpaid. This includes adults looking after other adults, parent carers looking after disabled children, and young carers under 18 years of age looking after siblings, parents or other relatives.'
Do you look after an elderly, frail or disabled friend or relative who could not manage without you? Is this care unpaid? Does your GP know?
It is important that everyone at your surgery is aware that you are a carer so that they can provide you with support and help if you need it. GPs have a responsibility to support and work with you in your caring role but also to help you to maintain your own health. GP practices are required to identify and register all carers who use their practice, so please let your GP know if you are looking after someone.
So why register?
There are different types of help and support available to you as a carer. Once you are registered as a carer with your GP, access and referral to schemes and local services becomes much more straightforward.
How to register
Simply complete a yellow Carer Registration Form, available from your GP surgery, and hand it in at reception.
Need someone to talk to? Click here to find out more about what help is available to you.
You can find out more about Surrey Carers Commissioning and Development strategy here.
Here is a message from Dr Russell Hills about why it is important carers have the free flu jab.