GPs and Primary Care

Primary Care TeamOne in eight of the population in the UK are family or unpaid carers. Over a million of those carers care for more than 50 hours a week – which is equivalent to the number of staff employed by the NHS.

The NHS benefits greatly from the contribution made by these carers, as they help the NHS understand the needs of the person they care for as well as providing vital care in the home that many patients rely on.

NHS Promise to Carers – click here for more information

Many Carers suffer poor health themselves read the report below:

New Research into Carers Health


Make a Referral to Carers Lewisham


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Below are links to information of particular relevance, use and interest to GPs and other Health Professionals:

Does a GP Referral to a Carers Centre for Support Make a Difference?

Draft Carer Support Protocol for Surgeries

Template letter for cared for to pass to their carer

Carers and Confidentiality

How To Identify a Young Carer

What Young Carers Want

Support for Carers who are caring for dying relatives