Regal Chambers Surgery

50 Bancroft, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1LL

Telephone: 01462 453232

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Carers information

If you provide unpaid help or support to a relative, partner, friend or neighbour who could not manage without you, then you are a carer.

Recognising you are a carer can be the first step to getting the help and support you may need in your caring role.

Firstly, we recommend to patients that are carers of any age to inform your GP as soon as possible by completing a carers registration form which is available at reception and on our website. Support is available throughout the life course for carers from 5 years upwards.

Your GP practice will do their best to be flexible with appointment times to accommodate your caring situation. They can also provide health checks to make sure you are fit and healthy and not neglecting your own health because of your caring duties, which is sadly all too common.

Whilst caring for a loved one can be rewarding, we also understand the many challenges that being a carer can bring. However, there is advice and support available, so we recommend you register with your local Carers’ Centre, Carers in Herts. We will refer you to Carers in Herts when you complete a carers registration with us.

Also, we have a Carers notice board in the reception that has information you might find helpful.

NHS support

There is also wealth of information and support on the NHS Website for carers, see below for links into the NHS site that we hope you will find useful.

Carer Support

o   A guide to care and support

Information for carers and people who have care & support needs.

o   Support and benefits for carers
Caring for someone can be a full-time job – find out about accessing breaks and respite care.

o   Care after hospital

Providing care for people who have been recently discharged from hospital.

o   Taking a break
Caring for someone can be a full-time job – find out about accessing breaks and respite care.

o   Work and Disability
Guidance, support and help with employment issues.

o   Being a Young carer

Advice for carers 18 or under and their entitlement to support


Finance and Law

o   Benefits for carers
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role

o   Benefits for the under-65s
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to.

o   Benefits for the over-65s
Advice and information on financial support for older people with a disability or illness.

o   Carer’s Assessment
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits

o   Other benefits
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring.

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