Services for Carers

Who is a carer?

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A carer is a person of any age (including children) who provides unpaid support to a partner, relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t get by without their help. This could be due to old age, frailty, disability, a serious health condition, mental ill health or substance misuse. Parents of children who are disabled or who have a serious health condition are also considered to be carers.

It is estimated that 10% of patients are carers.

Improving carer identification

As a practice, we want to increase the number of people on our carers’ register so that we can look after you better. We do this by:

  • Asking patients with long-term conditions to name their carers
  • Running awareness-raising campaigns to get carers to tell us about their caring responsibilities
  • If you are a carer or rely on a carer, please let your doctor or nurse know at your next consultation
  • With your consent, we can add this to your record. We can also provide carers with a booklet “Information for Carers”.

Your local Carers Support Centre

Borders Carers Centre
Brewerybrig
Low Buckholmside
Galashiels
TD1 1RT

Tel: 01896 752431

Fax: 01896 756526

Email: Borders Carers Centre

What we offer to improve healthcare for carers

  • Flu vaccination – most carers are eligible for a free flu vaccination to protect themselves and the person they care for
  • Regular health check appointments to help you keep fit and well
  • More flexible appointments
  • Carer support groups
  • Referrals to carers’ services for more specialised information, advice and support

Dedicated services for carers

If you care for someone and would like additional support then the following information may help.