If you are a carer, or you have a carer, we would like to have that information, with your permission. We know you are very important, and we want to offer help and advice to carers in line with government guidelines. There are many organisations available to help you, and you can get help by being assessed for the help you need, or by contacting lots of agencies offering help and advice.
If you are a carer, it is particularly important that you take care of your own health and welfare, and if you want any advice or help, please contact the surgery, and we will try to help or advise you where you can get help.
Caring for Carers at Improving Lives Plymouth can be contacted and they will offer a home visit or a telephone call if preferred, to discuss any caring role and to find out what specific support that may be needed or be interested in. Information which is needed, can then either be sent out, or support with a carer’s assessment and any other signposting and referrals as necessary.
Telephone: 01752 201890
Social Services are there to help, both with advice and financial information. You can contact them on
If you are a young carer, or you have a young carer looking after you, there is particular help that may be available. Please ask at reception. We are particularly concerned about the needs of young carers. If you would like to talk to the doctor or the practice nurse about any issues, please contact the surgery.
If you are a carer, you need the flu jab
As a carer for someone else, it can be easy to overlook your own health. Flu can knock even the healthiest people off their feet for a couple of weeks, making it impossible for a carer to look after the person in their care. This is why the NHS offers a free flu vaccination for those either in receipt of a carer’s allowance and/or look after someone who is elderly, disabled, or somebody who lives with a serious long term condition who couldn’t manage without their help.
It’s not just about protecting you as a carer from getting flu, but also preventing you from passing the virus onto the vulnerable person you care for.
Flu is a highly infectious disease which is easily spread from one person to another. Getting flu when you already have a long-term condition can lead to serious complications, and it can even be a killer.
For those who already have a long term health condition, are pregnant or are over 65, it can be even more dangerous as your body will struggle more to fight off the illness and you are more at risk of complications such as bronchitis or pneumonia. Children are also more at risk.
There are a lot of myths about flu that have circulated over the years. Many people worry that the vaccine can give you the flu. Please be assured that this isn’t possible as there is no live influenza virus in the vaccine.
Unlike other medication for long term conditions, the flu jab is an annual vaccination. The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had a jab last winter you need another one this year to stay flu safe. Please contact your GP or local pharmacist to enquire about a free flu jab.
Please take the time to look after yourself and have the flu jab if you are a carer.