Why we want you to tell us that you are a Carer
As a Surgery we try to support our patients who are Carers and unless you tell us that you are a carer we can not do this. Things we try and do include:
- Ensuring you get invited for an annual flu vaccination
- See you quickly so that you do not have to wait at the surgery if a doctor or nurse is running late
- Check your health when we see you as we understand how stressful being a carer can be and that you may neglect your own health needs
- Listen to your views and feedback on how we can improve our services for you
- Refer you onto Swindon Carers Centre if you are not already involved with them and would like more information or support.
How to Register as a Carer at the Surgery
You can either print out the form below and hand it in to reception when you next visit or collect a form from reception to complete.
Some General Information
As you know being a carer comes with many responsibilities and causes many natural worries. There are more than 6 million carers in the UK alone. In many situations, it is easy to look past the care given and focus mainly on the patient but we are aware that there are so many other people in the equation that need support.
Half of the UK’s carers combine caring and paid work. One in twenty women and almost one in thirty men aged between sixty and sixty four provide more than 50 hours of care per week and women are more likely than men to be carers in all age groups under seventy five years.
Carers currently save the economy £57 billion each year in care costs which is the equivalent of a second National Health Service. There are lots more facts about carers which many of the population are unaware of.
We have provided this information as a means of support to you and to also give you some information that you may not have known before.
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Carer Facts taken from www.carersuk.org
- The vast majority of carers are of a working age.
- 3 million carers already combine work and care.
- Carers make up over 12% of the total UK workforce, 1 in every 8 employees.
- Every year, over 2 million people become carers, some overnight, some more gradually – so there is a new population of carers in the workforce every day.
- 3 in 5 people will become carers at some point in time.
- Many carers find their job being affected in ways such as not being able to get the replacement services they need, not being able to get the time off work and not being able to get the flexibility they need.
Please click on the link below to view the April e-bulletin from Swindon Carers Centre.
Human Rights Act
Carers, like everyone else in the UK, are entitled to rely on the protection of the Human Rights Act 1998, which should ensure that public bodies take account of their human rights when they provide services. Public services play a critical role in guaranteeing carers’ human rights. They can ensure that carers have the support they need to maintain a normal life. However, a new report commissioned by Carers’ UK shows that reality falls a long was short of this ideal.
There are several articles of the Human Rights Act in which Carers UK believes carers’ rights may be being violated
- A right to life,
- A right to be free from inhuman or degrading treatment,
- A right to respect for private and family life.
The right to life may seem extreme, but Carers UK research has uncovered carers who have to delay urgent medical treatment because of inadequate support.
To view the complete Human Rights Act 1998 please go to www.opsi.gov.uk