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.