If your surgery know you are a carer, they can help you.
It’s a great idea to register as a carer at your GPs. Ask at the surgery for GP Carer Registration form (from Surrey NHS), or you can download a copy here. There’s also a form for carers aged under 18. Simply fill in the form and hand it to the receptionist, and you will recorded as a carer on your notes.
If your doctor knows you are a carer, she can ask you about any physical or mental health issues you may have because of caring. And the practice can try to be more flexible in terms of finding you appointments, etc.
In most Surrey surgeries, the doctor can also refer you for further support using the Surrey ‘Carer’s Prescription’ scheme.
If your doctor and surgery know you are a carer they can:
- support you with any physical health issues related to your caring role, like tiredness
- make you aware of the carer’s flu jab each year
- talk to you about your mental health and the impact of your caring role
- provide you with general information and advice
- refer you to helpful organisations and services that can improve your caring situation
- give you flexible appointments at times that suit you
- refer you for a Carer’s Break payment if your caring role is impacting your health, potentially meaning you can take a break.