Carers

Do you look after someone who depends on you because of an illness or disability?

If you provide help and support to a partner, relative, child, friend or neighbour who could not manage without your help due to physical or mental illness, disability, frailty or addiction, then you are one of thousands of unpaid carers in Bristol.

If you are a carer, it is important to look after your own health as well as the person you care for. 

Here at Charlotte Keel Medical Practice we want to be able to do all we can to help you to stay as healthy and informed as possible, so you can carry on caring for as long as you want to. Please register with us, this enables us to provide you with the following benefits:

  • Free ‘flu’ vaccinations each autumn
  • Sharing information with you about the person you care for if she/he consents to this, which will make communication easier
  • More flexible appointments depending on your needs as a carer
  • (PLEASE INCLUDE HERE ANY EXTRA SUPPORT YOUR GP PRACTICE OFFERS. FOR EXAMPLE: CARERS SURGERY, GP LINK VOLUNTEER, ETC.)

 

If you look after someone, please let us know – we may be able to help you. To register as a carer with us, please complete this form Careers Registration Form or ask for a carers identification form from reception or speak to your doctor / nurse.

You can also access a wide range of information and support from our local carers support organisation Carers Support Centre or contact CarersLine on 0117 965 22 00. They can help you with:

  • One-to-one support
  • Activity groups with other people going through similar issues
  • Carers support groups
  • Hospital support to help carers in a hospital setting, particularly around the discharge process
  • Training and workshops to help you manage on a day to day basis
  • Carers assessments to help you to get the support you need to be a carer
  • Employment support to help you to get back into work or to stay in employment
  • Help applying for relevant benefits
  • Carers emergency card which will ensure that the person you care for is supported in the event of you being taken seriously ill.

They have specific workers for parent carers, young carers and for carers who support an adult with a learning difficulty.

If you need information about other groups available in your locality, then please go to their website Carers Support Centre or contact CarersLine for further information and support.