We have a Carers' Support Worker, Renee Cowie, working with the Surgery.
If you feel you would like details of help available or assistance in filling out forms, then Renee Cowie will be able to help you. Please leave a contact number with Reception, and possibly a brief note of what is required, and she will telephone you to arrange to see you either at the Surgery or to arrange a visit to you at home.
We hold a Carers' Clinic once a month with Renee on a Wednesday and there are three separate 1 hour appointments available at 12:30, 13:30 and 14:30. Please ask at Reception to make an appointment or speak to our Carers Lead, Debbie Payne. The dates for the clinics this year are as follows:
Please make sure you have filled out a registration form from the Princess Royal Trust for Carers (please ask at the reception desk). For more information about the Trust, please visit the website at the link below.
Princess Royal Trust for Carers
Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you
There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.
- Caring for a parent
Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home
- Telling people
Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.
- Taking a break
Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.
- Housing and carers
Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?
Carers support groups
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
- Benefits for carers
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
- Benefits for the person you care for
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
- Death and benefits
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- Managing someone's legal affairs
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
- Other benefits
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
- Personal and household finance
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers
- Social fund
- Tax credits
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible