Are you a carer?
If you are providing help or support to a friend, neighbour, relative or partner who could not stay at home due to their sickness, age or disability, then you are a carer. Please ask a receptionist to becoming a registered Carer at the surgery. Once you are registered as a Carer you are entitled to a free yearly flu vaccination and the practice offers advice and support to Carers.
What about if I am a Young Carer?
A Young Carer is someone who is aged 18 or under who has to look after a family member due to a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem.
You are also entitled to help. Ask at reception for more information
Carer Support Merton Services
What other help am I entitled to?
The following links will take you to the NHS website page for Carers and also tips on how to look after your own wellbeing whilst caring for another person.
The Expert Patients Programme
The Expert Patients Programme is a free, self-management course that supports people living with, or caring for someone with, one or more long-term health conditions. Common long-term conditions include: diabetes, back pain, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, asthma, arthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The course offers a tool-kit of techniques to enable you to manage your condition better on a daily basis, by increasing your confidence and quality of life. Each course consists of 12 to 16 people, led by tutors who have long-term conditions.