Are you a Carer?

If you have responsibility for the care of another person please let us now so that our records are complete. This enables us to provide you with the best possible care.

Why is it important for my Practice to know that I’m a carer?

We record the names of our carers. This information helps us to support you.  We can:

  • Refer you to Devon Carers
  • Give you appointment times to fit in with your caring role
  • Arrange for a health check if caring for someone is affecting your health
  • Offer you a flu jab

How do I let my GP Practice know that I am a Carer?

You can ask the receptionist to put you on our Care Register; call the surgery direct on 01395 441212 during opening hours; or use the link the below to send us an email.


Under 18?

If you are under 18 and help to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition or drug or alcohol problem, then you are a young carer. You can also use this online tool: Carer Recognition Tool

Young carers are often under more pressure than their peers and can sometimes feel isolated.

Have a look at some of the following resources that might be useful.

What else should I know?

If the person you care for is also a patient at Budleigh Salterton Medical Centre as you, please make the reception staff aware. If not, you may also want to think about letting their own practice know that they have a carer.

Communication is key. Be open with healthcare professionals about the impact your caring role has on you. The more they know, the better they can support you.

All patients’ records are confidential! If you need a GP to discuss information with you about the person you care for, speak to the receptionist to find out what arrangements, if any, your practice has in place, and what you need to do to help make this happen.

If you know any other Carers, ask them if they are registered as a Carer with their GP. Encourage them to receive the support they may need now or some time in the future.

If the person you care for needs help with day-to-day living because of their illness or disability the "Social Care and Support Guide" may offer helpful information.

There is also information available to you regarding "Carers' breaks and respite care".