Carers Week is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign, this year running between 9th-15th June. Its aim is to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for, raising awareness of carers at a national, regional and local level.
A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their regular and substantial help due to disability, physical or mental illness or addiction.
An estimated 1 in 8 people in Scotland are unpaid carers to those in need. These people can save the NHS millions, but often go unsupported in their role. The theme of this year’s Carer’s Week is the Carer’s Quest to identify and reach out to the thousands of carers in the UK who are currently missing out on services and support.
The Practice is keen to identify the carers among our patients, so if you are a carer you can come into the Practice to speak to one of our GPs or Practice Nurses to find out about the services out there that can help and support you. Or you can fill out the short form below to identify yourself to us as a carer and we will flag that on your record.
Being flagged as a carer means:
- that information will be visible to all clinicians and it can be recognised and considered in any future consultations
- you are eligible for the seasonal flu vaccination each year.
- if you’re not already being reviewed by a GP or Nurse for an existing condition, you can book an appointment for an annual health check (generally done around your birthday month) with one of the Practice Nurses.
If you are a carer, please also check out our Carer’s Page, that contains more information, and links to a variety of support services especially for carers.