Your GP Surgery
Your doctor is an important person to make aware of your needs as a carer. You also need to inform the doctor of the person you care for. GP surgeries can put you in touch with various community services for information, advice and training for carers, and organisations and support groups for yourself and/or the person you care for.
Most GP surgeries have a member of staff (usually called a Carers Lead) whose job it is to maintain contact with carers registered with the surgery. Many surgeries run meetings or support groups for their registered carers and refer you to other agencies able to help you such as Social Services or Voluntary Agencies. Ask at reception when you next visit your surgery.
Ways that your GP surgery help with your caring needs include:
- Providing information and advice on medical conditions and treatments for the person you care for.
- Carrying out home visits to you or the person you care for, if your caring role makes it difficult to attend appointments at the surgery.
- Arranging appointments for you and the person you care for at the same time to avoid visiting the surgery twice.
- Arranging for repeat prescriptions to be delivered to your local pharmacy and to you at home.
- Providing information on services provided by the NHS, such as continence services and patient transport to hospital appointments.
- Providing supporting letters and information allowing you and the person you care for access to benefits such as Attendance Allowance, Carers Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Housing and Council Tax Relief, or the Blue Badge Scheme.
Most GP surgeries have a practice nurse, although their role may differ from surgery to surgery. They are often involved in routine health checks and general nursing care. You can talk to the Practice Nurse if you have any concerns or require more information about any aspect of health care.