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Let your GP practice know that you are a carer and ask if this can be registered on your medical record. All GP practices are required to keep a Carers Register, which is a list of patients who are providing unpaid care and support to a family member or friend living with a long-term health condition.
In addition to this, your practice may also offer:
- Flexibility with appointment times for you and the person you care for
- Annual Health Checks for carers
- Coffee and Chat sessions or Carers Groups
- Carers Board – a display of useful information for carers including details of the Carers Count service
- Carers Champion – an allocated member of staff who can provide you with more information about Carers Count and refer you through to us for support
- Agreement to share information with you about the person you care for, with their consent
- If the person you care for no longer has capacity or is unable to give consent, the practice will still share information with you if you have a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare for that person (proof of this is usually required)
Patient Reference Groups:
Most GP practices have a PRG or Patient Reference Group (previously known as a Patient Participation Group), which is a group of patients who meet at regular intervals with staff to discuss practice affairs and is an excellent way of having a voice and being involved in helping your practice to be the best it can. Anyone is welcome to join – get in touch with your practice for more information.
- Carers and Patients of The Waterloo Practice in Huddersfield are invited to have their say on the proposed move to larger premises. Opportunities include an engagement meeting and an online survey which can be completed by clicking here: https://forms.gle/6gcGrCFZoYWbYGLs8. Paper copies of the survey and details on how to join the meeting are available by ringing the dedicated phone line 01484 506699. The deadline for completion is 20th November 2020. For more information please email the Practice Manager, Brigid Collinge: firstname.lastname@example.org.