Do You Look After Someone
Who is ill, frail, disabled, mentally ill, with learning difficulties or suffers from dementia or are you a ‘young carer’ who is aged 18 and under who looks after a their parents or relative?
The surgery is proactively identifying patients who are being cared for and their carers who are patients at the practice, especially those people who may be caring without help and support. We know that carers are often ‘hidden’ looking after a family member or helping a friend or neighbour with day to day tasks and may not see themselves as a carer.
Caring for someone is an important and valuable role in the community, which is often a 24-hour commitment which can be demanding and isolating for a carer. We believe carers should receive appropriate support by way of access to information on a range of topics such as entitlement to benefits and respite care and not least a listening ear when things get too much.
If you are a carer, please let us know so we can help you with any questions and put you on our carers register. You can complete a carers registration form which is available at the surgery. We can also help with prescriptions and appointments for the person you care for.
Help and Support
As a carer you can get help and support from the Carers Information and Support Service (CISS) and they can be contacted either directly; their contact details are as follows: CISS, 3rd Floor, Wilberforce Health Centre, Storey Street, Hull, HU1 3SA – Tel. No: 01482 336297/8.
There is further information about carers on the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk