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 Carers

If you provide support in daily life to a friend, partner, neighbour or relative you are a career.

Salisbury Medical Practice offers practice and emotional advice to give you the support you may need.

This includes:

  • Clinics
  • Cafe
  • Advice
  • Support Groups 

Carers Clinics

Salisbury Medical Practice has teamed up with Carers Support Wiltshire to help give those registered with the surgery appropriate support and advice. Our carers’ clinics are a free service for anyone who is registered with the practice.

Clinics take place at our Fisherton House branch on Wilton Road every two months. Your first appointment will be with a Health Care Assistant, to check for existing health conditions. You’ll then have an appointment with Carers Support Wiltshire. You’ll discuss carer’s support needs, such as coping skills and the services available to you. The appointments will be around 20 minutes each.

If you would like to book an appointment please call 01722333034, or would like more information contact our Social Prescriber Katy (katy.gillingham@nhs.net) for more information.

We also offer access to free counselling, benefits advice, complementary therapies, support groups, and training opportunities. 

It can often be physically and emotionally exhausting on your own health. Click here for the top 7 tips on looking after your own well-being.

Carers Café

Our carers’ café is held on the first Tuesday of every month in our Fountain Café between 10.30am and 11.30am.  We offer a wide array of refreshments, and help you meet with fellow carers and offer support and advice to each other.

You are more than welcome to come with the person you care for, with family members or simply on your own. You may also come along if you’ve lost the person you cared for. 

Please complete our small questionnaire on the Carers Cafe and return to Katy Gillingham via katy.gillingham@nhs.net or return it to any of the surgeries. Click here for the questionnaire.

Advice

There are a number of support lines and websites which provide information to support or advice you. Please see more details below.

Contact Carer Support Wiltshire

Telephone: 08001814118

Website: www.carersinwiltshire.co.uk

Email:  info@carersinwiltshire.co.uk

Office Hours: Lines are open 9am – 4:30pm Monday – Thursday and 9am-4pm on Fridays. Calls are free from UK landlines.

Benefits for carers – Advice and information on what benefits you and the person you care for are eligible to receive.

Benefits for the person you care for - Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to

Death and benefits - How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits

Managing someone's legal affairs - Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after

Other benefits - Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring

Personal and household finance - Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers

Social fund - Advice on the funds or services you may be entitled to receive. 

Tax credits - Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible

 
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