Who cares for the Carer article for November Magazine

What is a Carer?

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to disability, illness, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.

You would be surprised how many there are and all perform a critical role in the community supporting relatives, neighbours and friends to stay well in their own home.  This might be the care a relative offers to a family member with dementia who needs help with their meals or picking up their medication.  In another situation a neighbour might be supporting their next door neighbour with a physical disability to manage their weekly shop.  A forgotten group of carers are children who may be administering medication to a parent who has a visual disability.  Many carers do not recognise the critical role that they are performing and they themselves may need information, guidance or support.

Are You a Carer?

If so Cradley Surgery is here to help you.  When completing the Carer’s registration form please contact the surgery if you wish to have your details passed on to Herefordshire Carers Support and /or a referral to Adult Care Services for a Carers Needs Assessment.

Our Carers Lead is:


Please contact her if you have any queries about our support for carers – she will be happy to help and treat the conversation in strictest confidence.”

Cradley Surgery

Please Click Here to view Carers Support Policy.  

Please Click Here to view Carers Identification and Referral Form.

Please Click Here to view Patient Carer Protocol.

Herefordshire Carers Support

Is a recognised charity providing practical support and advice to the carer community in the county click here for details

St. Michael’s Hospice

Is a local hospice offering various types of support and care for members of the community with life limiting illnesses.

Carers UK

Is a charity set up to help millions of people who look after an older, disabled or seriously ill family member or friend  Click here for details http://www.carersuk.or

NHS Choices

There is a wealth of information on the NHS Choices Website (

about Carers and Caring.

What Social Care services are available locally?