South Street Surgery

South Street Surgery

83 South Street, Bishops Stortford, Herts, CM23 3AP | Tel: 01279 465700 - Phone lines open 8am-6.30pm Monday - Friday - Sorry, we're closed

Bishop's Park Health Centre, Lancaster Way, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts. CM23 4DA | Tel: 01279 465700 - Phone lines open 8am-6.30pm Monday-Friday - Sorry, we're closed

NHS

Supporting Unpaid Carers

Posted on April 27th, 2022

Are you a carer? Get the support you need

 The pandemic has impacted the lives of carers, making it more important to be aware of their rights.

 But who is a carer? If you provide help and support, to a family member, friend or neighbour who would otherwise not be able to manage – you are a carer. The person you care for may have a physical or learning disability, dementia, mental health problems, may misuse drugs or alcohol or may be ill or frail.

People often don’t identify themselves as carers and end up missing out for years on the right support. Thankfully, at the beginning of 2021, more and more carers identified themselves with GP practices in huge numbers due to their eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccination. Ensuring carers get practical help is hugely important for their mental health and wellbeing.

Registering caring responsibilities with the GP takes just a few steps and can ensure carers receive additional advice and help they may require. This could benefit their own health, and also that of the person they care for.

It’s never too late for someone to identify themselves as a carer on their health records – Carers UK have further information on what your GP practice might be able to offer here: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/your-gp. Alternatively, register as a carer with Hertfordshire County Council, who will let your GP know you’re your behalf – find out how to here: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/adult-social-services/carers/how-to-get-help.aspx#DynamicJumpMenuManager_1_Anchor_3.

 The council also offer lots of extra information for carers in our area, with details on other help that may be available, financial support and specific support for young carers aged 18 and under – visit the council’s website here for more information: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/Adult-social-services/carers/carers.aspx.

Carers also have access to several benefits that can often help them look after their own health and happiness – for example, the Carers Passport in Hertfordshire has discounts in local shops, restaurants, training, break-away and leisure activities; carers can apply here: https://www.carersinherts.org.uk/how-we-can-help/carer-services/carers-discount-passport.

 

 

South Street

  • Monday
    08:00 until 17:30
  • Tuesday
    08:00 until 17:30
  • Wednesday
    08:00 until 17:30
  • Thursday
    08:00 until 17:30
  • Friday
    08:00 until 17:30
  • Saturday
    08:00 until 11:00
    Prebookable appointments only.
  • Sunday
    CLOSED

Bishop's Park

  • Monday
    08:00 until 13:30
    14:00 until 20:30
  • Tuesday
    08:00 until 13:30
    14:00 until 18:30
  • Wednesday
    08:00 until 13:30
    14:00 until 18:30
  • Thursday
    08:00 until 13:30
    14:00 until 18:30
  • Friday
    08:00 until 13:30
    14:00 until 18:30
  • Saturday
    CLOSED
  • Sunday
    CLOSED