Across the UK today 6.5 million people are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill.
We care, do you? We have a large number of carers recorded on our system but the actual number could be much higher than this. It is estimated that as many as 1 in 8 of us in the UK may be a carer but that many people who look after family, friends or relatives, would not recognise themselves as a carer. Every day 6,000 people become carers. Many don’t know how or where to get help. It can be frightening and very lonely.
We are well aware of the contribution that carers make in helping us look after our patients. Do we know that you are a carer? We would like to hear from you if you recognise yourself as a carer. By including this on your record we will be more aware of your pressures and needs and can ensure that you are aware of support that is available. If you are a carer, please inform our reception so that we can add this to your medical record.
- Carers Trust believes in a world where the role and contribution of unpaid carers is recognised and they have access to the quality support and services they need to live their own lives. Also there is a Carers Trust for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area.
- Cambridgeshire County Council support for carers.
- https://www.caringtogether.org/fcp a Family Carers’ Prescription will give carers of any age (including young carers) registered with a GP surgery within the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) access to a specialist worker at Caring Together who will help you design a short break that works for you and they will also provide support for this break to happen.