What is a Carer?
A ‘Carer’ is a person who provides unpaid support for someone who couldn’t manage to live independently OR whose health or well-being would deteriorate without help.
The word ‘Carer’ applies to a wide range of people, many of whom do not see themselves in a caring role. However, if you are helping a family member, friend or neighbour of any age who has a mental health condition, a long term illness, a drug or alcohol problem, any kind of disability or who is elderly, you would be considered as their ‘Carer’.
What is Pangbourne Medical Practice Doing?
Pangbourne Medical Practice is compiling a Carers Register. The purpose of which is to identify and support carers better.
We aim to ensure carers have annual health checks, are offered annual flu vaccinations and are screened for problems such as depression and anxiety.
We also aim to check that appropriate benefits and allowances have been offered and that emergency plans have been discussed for times of crisis.
Do you identify yourself as a Carer?
If so please let us know by…..
- Completing a short form in the waiting room
- Telling your GP at your next visit
- Or by calling the surgery and informing a receptionist Tel: 9842234
Do you need additional support?
We work closely with Berkshire Carers Hub, a charity organisation providing support and advice for carers in our area.
Contact them in one of the following ways…..
Telephone: 0118 324 7333
Or come along to the Pangbourne Carers support group held at Pangbourne Village Hall on the first Wednesday of every month from 12:30 – 2pm. Drop-in any time!
If you have any questions at all please call the surgery and ask to speak with our ‘Carer’s Champion’.