Why carers need support
There are over 33,000 carers looking after a friend, family member, partner or neighbour who needs their help due to illness, disability or old age in the London Borough of Croydon.
The 2018 national State of Caring survey of over 6000 carers found that 72% experienced mental health problems and 61% faced physical health issues.
The 2016 GP Patient Survey showed that carers are more likely to report long-term health problems, pain, issues with self care, mobility issues and mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.
How GP surgeries can help
GPs and GP practice staff are often the first professionals carers will come into contact with. As a GP practice, you play a vital role in helping carers get the advice and support they need.
You can help by:
- Identifying and registering carers at your surgery.
- Signposting or referring carers to the local carers service.
- Offering carers the free flu jab and monitoring their general health.
Directing Croydon carers to the Carers Support Centre
Our Not Just a Patient report in Croydon's GP services found that 82% of carers said their GP hadn't told them about carer support in the community.
We want to change that by letting local surgeries know about our services for carers.
The Carers Support Centre is a drop-in centre for Croydon's 33,000 carers, offering information, advice, support, wellbeing activities and workshops. We are based opposite George Street tram stop in central Croydon, and open Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm.
How we can help your surgery support carers
We can support practices by sending you an information pack, including posters, leaflets, our GP carer checklist, our quarterly newsletter Carers News and our How To... A Guide for Carers in Croydon factsheet series to display in your practice. We can also come and speak to staff at your surgery to talk about our services.
To request a GP information pack or a talk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8649 6288.
Not Just a Patient report
As part of the Carers Week 2017 campaign to build carer friendly communities, the Carers Information Service surveyed over 200 adult carers registered with a GP in the London Borough of Croydon about their experience of local GP services. Our research found:
- 61% of carers say their GP knows about their caring role.
- 82% of carers have not been informed of carer support available in the community.
- 59% of carers have not been informed of the NHS Health Check by their GP.
- Over a third (35%) of carers have not been informed of the annual flu jab by their GP.
- Almost half (49%) of carers want their GP to tell them about local carer support.