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Carers

Are you a carer? Let your GP know.

We can provide you with invaluable support, advice and information.

A helpful starting point to getting the support you need as a carer is to let your GP know. There are also many services that can support you to look after your own health including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, continence advisers and dietitians which we can direct you to.

This section provides some more details about the type of support we can offer.


What should I tell my GP?

Tell your GP that you have caring responsibilities as soon as possible. We can then record this on your medical records.

If we know you are a carer and likely to be under pressure at times, we will be able to offer more tailored advice and, if necessary, provide more support when they diagnose and treat you in the future. GPs in England are being urged to adopt new measures dedicated to ensuring young carers are offered flu vaccinations, regular health check ups and mental health screening routinely. We hope this initiative will also be extended more widely in the UK and to adult carers. Ask us for more information.

If you’re a carer, your GP could help

  • provide information and advice on:
    • medical conditions of and treatments for the person you care for to help you feel more confident in your caring role.
    • services provided by the NHS such as continence services and patient transport to hospital appointments.
    • other sources of support and advice. This could include the social services department and local voluntary agencies.
  • arrange home visits to you or the person you care for if your caring responsibilities make it difficult to attend appointments at the surgery.
  • arrange ‘double’ appointments for both you and the person you care for at the same time to avoid having to visit the surgery twice.
  • arrange for repeat prescriptions to be delivered to your local pharmacy to save you picking them up.
  • provide supporting letters and information to enable you and the person you care for to access benefits such as Attendance Allowance or a blue badge scheme.

Health check-ups

Life can become very hectic especially if you have lots of caring responsibilities, but it’s important not to neglect your own health needs. Attending appointments, check-ups and screenings is vital for yourself as well as any loved ones.

If you have not seen your GP for some time, why not arrange a health check? This is likely to involve checking your blood pressure, weight and urine as well as a general discussion about your health. Your pharmacist can also help.

Free prescription certificate

If you are a care leaver and do pay for your prescriptions, you can get a yearly certificate for free prescriptions if:

  • You are registered with a doctor in Oldham.
  • You are a care leaver and eligible to receive a leaving care service from your originating local authority.
  • You are under 25 years old.
  • You are not already exempt from prescription charges.

For more information please visit https://www.oldham.gov.uk/info/201108/care_leavers/2170/your_health_and_wellbeing/2

If you are ill or have health concerns

Carers sometimes carry on regardless through coughs, flu, stomach upsets and worse; but don’t put off seeing your doctor if you feel faint or dizzy or have unexplained or prolonged pains. Seeing your doctor can lead to the problem being dealt with more quickly and effectively. Even with minor illnesses, try and take some time to rest. Your body will have a better chance of making a quick recovery and you will have less chance of the illness lingering on.

Your primary care team is much more than just your GP. Below are just some of those who are involved in primary care:

Practice nurse

Their role does differ from practice to practice, but they are often involved in routine health checks and nursing care. It might be useful to talk to the practice nurse if you have any concerns or would like more information about a certain aspect of your health.

District nurse

District nurses provide support to individuals and carers in their own homes. They are normally based in GP surgeries and your surgery or GP can provide more advice on accessing their support and assistance. Your district nurse may be able to help by:

  • carrying out treatments such as dressing wounds or giving injections to avoid you and the person you care for having to visit the surgery
  • assisting with rehabilitation after an illness or operation
  • supporting you in caring if the person you care for has a terminal illness
  • giving you advice and assistance in aspects of health care of the person you care for. This could include providing guidance and training on lifting and handling more safely, first aid and administering medication or treatments.
  • advising you on your own health care and preventing ill health
  • arranging for the provision of equipment for the person you care for such as walking aids or bed rails
  • putting you in touch with other community, social and voluntary services who can assist you.

Oldham Carers Services- Oldham

Please visit the following link to access help for carers hosted by Oldham Council.  

http://www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200244/caring_for_someone/508/oldham_carers_services

Please see a list of services that Oldham Carers Service can help patients with:

  • Health issues
  • Entitlement to benefits
  • Mobility issues
  • Equipment and assistive technologies
  • Carers rights
  • Carers employment issues
  • One-to-One Practical and Emotional Support
  • Carers Assessments
  • Carers Personal Budgets (subject to eligibility)
  • Signposting / Referrals to Social Services and Other Providers
  • Oldham Carers Emergency Support Scheme (OCESS)
  • Activities / Talks / Training 
  • Access to Carers Support Groups and Networks

Contact details:

Oldham Carers Services

Phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.40am – 5pm:

T: 0161 7707777

E: carers.services@oldham.gov.uk

 

If you are a carer, please inform a member of staff or email the practice and we will put you on our register.  This may enable you to access additional services such as early access to a Flu jab and access to further support. 

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