Are you a Carer?
“Do you look after a relative, friend or neighbour who is ill, frail, disabled, has a mental health concern or problematic substance use and who could not manage without your help? If so, then you are a Carer and there are a number of ways you can get help and support.”
St Peter’s Surgery recognises that Carers contribute a significant saving to the NHS by looking after relatives, neighbours or friends who might otherwise have to go into long term care. We are committed to promoting the rights of carers and ensuring that the carer’s needs are addressed. We are able to provide information to carers or guide you to other services. We maintain a directory of support services which hopefully will provide you with assistance.
As a carer you are entitled to have your needs assessed by Adult Care Services. A Carer’s Assessment is a chance to talk about your needs as a carer. All carers are offered a referral for a Carer’s Assessment.
Young Carers, under the age of 18 may be particularly vulnerable due to their inexperience and lack of life-skills. This practice is committed to providing appropriate support and consideration to its patients who are Carers whatever their age.
What Can We Do To Help?
The Practice holds a list of those patients who are Carers and who have agreed to be on the register. The register enables the practice to provide Carers with information on local and national support and help. We can also arrange a referral to Social Services for a Carers Needs Assessment and other voluntary service agencies if required.
At St Peter’s Surgery we aim to raise awareness of the needs of Carers and to support them with practical help and information.
How Can You Register As A Carer?
‘The IiC team have had questions regarding consent and completing the GP surgery Carer Reg/Ref Forms, as many are not seeing Carers in person. Staff members may be talking to patients and Carers over the phone or using technology, so we have produced a Carer registration/referral pathway for virtual consent. We have also converted the current GP Carer Registration / Referral Forms into editable word documents that will allow Carers to fill them out via the computer.
Normally, registration forms are available in the surgery or speak to any staff member. Forms are also available from other voluntary organisations.
Donna Lewis is our Practice Carer’s Lead. You can ask to speak to her by telephone on 01267 236241 or make an appointment for a chat in the surgery.
What Is A Carer's Needs Assessment?
A Carer’s Needs Assessment is your opportunity to tell Social Services about the things that could make caring easier for you. It is an assessment of your needs, not those of the person you are caring for. Every Carer is entitled to an assessment. When you register with us as a Carer, the practice will offer you the chance of a referral.
How Do I Find Out More Information?
The practice has a dedicated Carers notice board in the waiting room with a lot of information and news of local events.
More Information For Carers
TO FIND OUT MORE PLEASE CONTACT ANY OF THE SERVICES BELOW:
Carmarthenshire County Council
Young Adult Carers (16-25)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire Carers Information Service
Please write to the Carmarthenshire Carers Information Service at the following address:
The Palms Unit 3
96 Queen Street
Alternatively you may choose to phone them on 03000200002.
Or Email for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Carmarthenshire Young Carers Service
Other Useful Links
Alternatively visit the NHS website for more information.
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