St George Health Centre

St George Health Centre, Bellevue Road, St George, Bristol BS5 7PH

Tel. 0117 9612161   Fax 0117 9618761

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Do 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?

If so you are a CARER

Anyone can become a carer at any age — children and young people, parents, daughters, sons, spouses, partners and friends.  Many people don’t think of themselves as carers; they just look after someone close to them.  Caring often just happens to you, as you find that someone close to you gradually needs more help.  There are thousands of unpaid carers in Bristol You may be a carer whether or not you live in the same house as the person you care for.  If you receive a Carers Allowance or a direct payment to enable you to buy a service or equipment to help you in your caring role you are still a carer. If the person you care for, moves to live in a residential or nursing home you may still be a carer if you spend time managing their affairs and making sure that they are well cared for.  People employed to give care, i.e. care assistants, care workers, nursing staff etc, are not included in this definition of carers, nor are people who work for organisations on a voluntary basis.

Look after your own health – tell us you are a carer

As a carer, it is important that you look after your own health so that you can go on caring for as long as you want to.  It is easy not to look after your own health when you are looking after someone else.  Here at St George Health Centre we want to be able to do all we can to try to help you to stay as fit and healthy as possible.  We will do our best to help you look after yourself as well as the person you care for.

We keep a register of carers who are our patients so that we can support you, provide you with information about organisations that may be able to help you and let you know about any new services or support that becomes available.  Please ask at reception for a Carer Support pack, which includes a form to complete and return to us to register yourself as a carer with the practice.   If you stop being a Carer, please let us know so that we can update our records.

If you think you might benefit from having a carers simple assessment or would like other information, advice or support to help you in your caring role please call Carersline on 0117 965 2200 (Mon-Thur 10am-1pm & 2-4pm, Fri 10am-1pm - answerphone outside these times)

Click here for further information and advice to help you in your caring role