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

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

There are 11, 000 carers in Slough – and the number is set to rise as the population increases and people live for longer. Yet many carers are unknown to their GPs.

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.