Barnfield Hill Surgery


I need help now button imageAm I a carer?

You’re probably a carer if all of the following apply:

  • you do things like helping someone to wash, dress and eat; taking them to regular appointments, doing their shopping or keeping them company
  • you aren’t paid to look after the person you’re caring for
  • you spend a lot of time caring for the person – there’s no legal definition of this, but it could mean anything from a few hours a day, to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • you may or may not live with the person you’re caring for

Download and complete our carers form here

Why would my GP like to know I am a carer?

At Barnfield Hill Surgery we would like to know you are a carer so we can better understand your needs  and be able to offer more tailored advice and, if necessary, provide more support when we diagnose and treat you in the future.

GPs in England are being urged to adopt new measures dedicated to ensuring all carers are offered flu vaccinations, regular health check ups and mental health screening routinely.

We hope to offer more help and service in the future.  Including provide support, information and advice on;

  • link to local services, groups and activities for you or the person you care for
  • medical conditions of and treatments for the person you care for to help you feel more confident in your caring role.
  • arrange home visits to you or the person you care for if your caring responsibilities make it difficult to attend appointments at the surgery.
  • arrange ‘double’ appointments for both you and the person you care for at the same time to avoid having to visit the surgery twice.
  • arrange for repeat prescriptions to be delivered to your local pharmacy to save you picking them up.
  • provide supporting letters and information to enable you and the person you care for to access benefits

How to let us know you are a carer?

Speak to your GP at your next appointment

Make a non-urgent appointment to talk to your GP specifically about this

Telephone  our Carer Support  Champion, Tyna available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during opening hours

Date published: 15th November, 2017
Date last updated: 20th August, 2020