Carers look after family, partners or friends in need of help because they are ill, frail or have a disability. The care they provide is unpaid.

NHS Surrey Heath CCG acknowledges the importance of the role of carers within the community and views carers as equal partners in the provision of health care. We work alongside carers to recognise, identify and offer support through all healthcare provision.

We know that more than 80% of carers say that their caring role has damaged their health and carers providing more than 50 hours of care per week are twice as likely to report ill-health as those not providing care. (PH Strategy Healthy Lives, Healthy People). The BBC found that 40% of carers experience mental health problems due to their caring role.

The NHS England Commitment to Carers gives carers the recognition and support they need to provide invaluable care for loved ones. Click here for more information.

If you look after someone, you can find out what support is available locally for carers at Surrey Information Point.

If you’d prefer to talk to someone, then free, independent information, advice and support is available from the Action for Carers Surrey helpline and support advisors will be able to signpost you to the help you need.

Crossroads Care provides a respite care service providing unpaid Carers with a three hour weekly respite break that is primarily funded by Surrey County Council and the NHS. Crossroads runs a variety of social clubs, care cafés for carers and people with dementia, and Saturday clubs for children with disabilities. The also offer carers a variety of flexible, affordable, extended respite breaks that are tailored to meet individual needs and provide a service for those caring for a loved one with a life-limiting illness during the last year of their life, funded by the NHS.

GP Carer Registration

It is important that everyone at your surgery is aware that you are a carer so that they can provide you with support and help if you need it.

GPs have a responsibility to support and work with you in your caring role but also to help you to maintain your own health. GP practices are required to identify and register all carers who use their practice, so please let your GP know if you are looking after someone.

Why Register? - There are different types of help and support available to you as a carer. Once you are registered as a carer with your GP, access and referral to schemes and local services becomes much more straightforward.

How to Register - To do this simply complete a yellow Carer Registration Form, available from your GP surgery, and hand it in at reception.

Action for Carers Support Groups in Surrey Heath and Ash Vale

Action for Carers run a range of support groups across Surrey. Some of them are specific to a condition and some are open to parent carers, most though will be open to all those with a caring role. Have a look at a list of the support groups ordered by town. Visit the Action for Carers website here to find a group near you.

Young Carers

Click here for more information on Surrey Heath's young carers, the support available and how to refer a young carer.