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Why it’s important to tell your GP you’re a carer

Berkshire’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are encouraging carers to let their GP practice know to they can offer additional support and advice.

 There are 75,000 carers in Berkshire-  and the number is set to rise as the population increases and people live for longer. Yet many carers are unknown to their GPs.

 Dr Andy Ciecierski, Chair of North and West Reading CCG said: “When looking after a loved one at home many of us don’t think of ourselves as a carer. People tend to see themselves as a spouse, parent, sibling or friend and they don’t realise that it’s important for them to let their GP know about additional caring responsibilities.

 “In addition to a free flu jab, carers can access protected appointment times at many GP surgeries, and some practices will offer additional healthchecks and support for the carer to stay fit and well.”

 A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.