Are You a Carer?
Mum? Dad? Daughter? Partner? Son? Grandfather?
Sister? Grandmother? Brother? Neighbour?
Whatever you call yourself if you support someone who could not manage without you, you are a Carer?
The person you look after might have a physical or learning difficulty, be ill or frail, have mental health problems or misuse drugs and/or alcohol.
As a Practice we want to identify our patients who are Carers so that we can offer support and/or advice where we can. We recognise what a vital role Carers play within the Community and how extremely important it is that their health and well-being are being looked after as well as the person they care for.
We work closely with Carers in Hertfordshire who are a local charity providing free help and support to any Carer living or working in the county. With your permission we can put you in touch with Carers in Hertfordshire who can offer information, support and regular free newsletters for carers.
Please pick up a Carer's Welcome Pack from the waiting rooms at either Bedwell Medical Centre or Roebuck Surgery. These packs contain useful leaflets, forms and information. If you complete the 'Carers Identification Form' (contained within these packs or can be printed off from the link below) return to the surgery and we can then update your records to show you are a Carer and forward your information onto Carers in Herts, but ONLY if you consent for us to do so.
Young carers are young people, aged between 8-18, who help look after someone in their family and take on responsibilities normally handled by an adult.
We want to reach out and identify our Young Carers so we can offer support and advice to them and their families. By being a Young Carer we want to help ensure that it does not stop them from having the same opportunities and social life that other young people enjoy.
By completing a Carers Form we can pass your information over to Carers in Hertfordshire’s Young Carers Service, if consented, who then provide support for all Carers aged 8-18 and their families.
FREE PPE TO ALL CARERS
The Government is now recommending people, including unpaid carers, wear PPE (personal protective equipment) when giving care to someone who doesn’t live with them, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. To support this advice unpaid carers can access free PPE if they need it. Carersinherts, are helping the Hertfordshire Local Resilience Forum get free PPE to unpaid carers in Hertfordshire who require items such as face protection and disposable gloves or aprons.
If you’re an unpaid carer in Herts and would like PPE please firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01992 58 69 69. To find out how else they can support you in your caring role visit www.carersinherts.org.uk
The COVID-19 vaccination programme in Hertfordshire is moving at a pace and some people with learning disabilities are now being invited. This will include younger adults who are 16 – 18 years old. Invitations will be sent out by GPs, there is no need to ‘phone the surgery, they will be coming.
To find out more about how this will work, we are organising a session for carers with representatives from the NHS and Herts County Council. This will be on Thursday 18 February from 7.30pm – 9.30pm. It will be held via Zoom. Please do submit any questions you would like to ask in advance as there is not likely to be enough time for much discussion on the evening. We are sorry that this is late notice but this has all happened in the last week.
To book your place simply email: email@example.com with the subject title Covid-19 vaccination or telephone our office on 01992 586969. Please send your questions to the same email address by Wednesday 16 February.
Register as an unpaid carer with your GP
It is more important than ever to be identified as an unpaid carer to ensure that you are correctly prioritised in group 6 for the coronavirus vaccine. Below are some helpful letter templates to help you register with us, please click on the relevant link below to download the template that you require.
Click on the link below to download the template letter to register with your GP (print and post version)
Useful Links and Information
Carers in Hertfordshire:-