The Park Surgery
Old Tetbury Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1US
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Does someone at home or in the neighbourhood depend on you to help with tasks and/or responsibilities of everyday living? Perhaps you care for someone in the family or for a friend? If so you ARE a carer and might like some support yourself, please ask reception for a Carer Identification Form. When you have completed this and returned it to Reception, we will add you to our Carers’ Register and update your medical record. You can request a routine health-check and may be eligible for a Social Services Carers Assessment.
The following organisations may be able to help you find the information and support you need.
Carers Gloucestershire is an independent charity helping unpaid Carers in Gloucestershire. Being a Carer can be isolating and exhausting. Carers Gloucestershire offers support for Carers to help not only their physical and emotional well-being, but to help them to make informed decisions that have a positive, lasting influence on their lives. www.carersgloucestershire.org.uk
Carers Trust aims to provide quality support and services they need to live their own lives. Visit www.carers.org where you will find lots of relevant information, discussion boards and online forums
Carers Hub -Work with you so that you receive the right information and support at the right time for you. Our services are free to access and registration is simple. We are commissioned by Gloucestershire County Council and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group. We opened our service in April 2019 and have been supporting Carers, ever since. March What’s On
Positive Caring offers free local sessions that give carers the opportunity to meet with others in similar circumstances to gain and share knowledge, information and support to help in the caring role: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/positivecaringprogramme
Carers’ Emergency Scheme can provide support in the event of an emergency
Gloucestershire Young Carers aims to support carers under the age of 24 in reaching their potential, enabling them and their families to access support that minimises the physical and emotional impact of caring, and that promotes health and well being and resilience. www.glosyoungcarers.org.uk
Gloucestershire Parent Carers is an organisation that links together the various strands involved in caring for a child with a disability or additional needs: www.glosparentcarers.org.uk
NHS Carers Direct has a useful guide on their website and a carers’ helpline www.nhs.uk/carersdirect
Social Services – Contact Numbers
Gloucestershire County Council Adult Social Care Helpdesk – 01452 426868
Gloucestershire County Council Children and Families Helpdesk – 01452 426565
Condition-Related Local Organisations
- Alzheimer’s Society, for Gloucestershire phone 01452 525222
- BEAT, for carers of those with eating disorders 01285 770385
- Nelson Trust, for carers of someone with an addiction issue 01453 885633
- The Key, information service for families of children with long term needs 0800 0093443
- Cheltenham and District Carers and Families 01242 222117
- Mears Staying Put (formerly Care and Repair), a comprehensive support service providing a range of services from personal care through to practical help for older/vulnerable people to remain in their own homes, 0800 032 3139
- Positive Caring, offering free local sessions to gain and share knowledge, information and support to help in the caring role 01452 500885
- Crossroads: Central and East Gloucestershire, the principle route for respite 01452 302542
- Gloucestershire Lifestyles, offer a variety of services including independent living support 01452 530184
- Carers Emergency Scheme, providing emergency support if a carer becomes incapacitated, via Carers Gloucestershire 0300 111 9000
- Listening Post counselling service, Cheltenham – 01242 256060, Gloucester – 01452 383820, Stroud – 01453 750123
- Gloucestershire Young Carers, for the support of children and young people affected by a caring situation 01452 733060
- HEALTHWATCH, the health, social care and disability information service for both the public and professionals in Gloucestershire 01452 504989 healthwatchgloucestershire.co.uk
- Relatives and Residents Association, for those who have a family member in residential care 020 7359 8136
Books that may be helpful
- “Caring for Someone with a Long-Term Illness” by John Costello
- “Caring. The Essential Guide” by Lorena Tonarelli
- “Now, Where Did I put My Glasses; caring for your parents” by Jackie Highe
- “The Selfish Pig’s Guide to Caring” by Hugh Marriott
- “The Carer’s Handbook” by Jane Matthews
You may have been caring for the person for some time already, regularly helping them with everyday tasks or giving them the sort of support they need to stay in the family home.You may see it as part of your life or duty to care for your mum or dad, but there may be times when you need extra information, advice or some extra help.
When you are a carer it is often difficult to have a real break because someone depends on you to look after them. You can get tired and run down and your health may possibly suffer.
Telling us can help to support you and make sure that you yourself get the right sort of care.
Carers themselves have felt that it is important that GPs recognise and value the work that they do as carers. The government has responded by encouraging GPs to make special arrangement for carers
At the Park Surgery we offer our registered carers the ‘Blue Flag’ Scheme.
If you are trying to book an appointment and are only able to take a call when you have someone to look after the person you care for, tell the Receptionist you are a BLUE FLAG patient. This will mean the member of staff is able to override the system and offer you an appointment that she wouldn’t normally be able to offer. Please note however this is only to be used if you genuinely need to call at that time and must not be used for routine appointments, such as medication reviews, that can be booked well in advance.
If you are a Carer, Please do not hesitate to ask reception for our Carers form so we can document you are a Carer or clink on this link Carers ID and ref form
Other help for carers can be found at Gloucestershire Carers Hub
Gloucestershire Carers Hub provide free carer support in the county for any carers that are providing unpaid support to anyone who has a disability, illness (even if short term) or issues with dependency. A carer is able to receive support from us with no minimum requirement to the number of hours they provide care for.
We are commissioned by the county NHS and GCC to provide carer support and all our services are free to a carer.
Carers can self-refer and find out more about our services via our website www.gloucestershirecarershub.co.uk.
We help in regards to carers contingency planning and support via the Carers Emergency Scheme Carers’ Emergency Scheme (gloucestershirecarershub.co.uk)
Gloucestershire carers Hub have events to support Carers and the leaflet can be accessed here Whats On