Do you provide support to a relative, partner, friend or neighbour who could not manage without you? Then you are a carer.
Salisbury Medical Practice aims to provide you with emotional and practical support, while offering social environments according to your needs and wishes.
- Open days
- Support Groups
Salisbury Medical practice have teamed up with Carers Support Wiltshire to raise awareness of unpaid carers and ensure that those registered with the surgery receive appropriate advice, information and support regarding their caring role.
Carers clinics are held twice a year at Fisherton House, whereby carers are seen initially by our Assistant Practitioner to enable early identification of any health conditions they may have, followed by an appointment with Carers Support Wiltshire to discuss the carer’s support needs, such as isolation, coping skills, stress/anxiety, information on breaks, finances and a range of carer support services available to them. This will in turn improve the carers physical and emotional health and well-being, and reduce admissions to hospital.
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We can also help you to access free counselling, benefits advice, complementary therapies, support groups, training opportunities and much more.
If you are a carer please telephone the surgery to make an appointment in our carer’s clinic.
You are warmly invited to drop in for a sociable chat in a friendly atmosphere, to meet others in a similar situation, receive advice and support, share your experiences and enjoy a range of refreshments from Fountain Cafe.
Salisbury Medical Practice Carers Café
1st Tuesday of every month
10:30am — 11:30 am
Fountain Café, Fisherton House, Fountain Way, Wilton Road
Carers are welcome to come to the Cafe with the person they care for, family members or by themselves. Those who have lost the person they care for are also welcome to come along to our cafe.
The Fountain café serves a range of affordable food and drinks, including sandwiches, paninis, jacket potatoes, as well as daily specials and delicious homemade cakes and savouries.
Please complete our small questionnaire on the Carers Cafe and return to Katy Gillingham via any of the surgeries - click here for the questionnaire.
Salisbury Medical Practice Open Day
Salisbury Medical practice successfully teamed up with Carers Support Wiltshire, Alzheimers, Wiltshire Council, Age Uk, Wiltshire Fire Brigade, Men-cap and Re-think to raise awareness of unpaid carers and ensure that those registered within the area receive appropriate advice, information and support regarding their caring role
"Extremely impressed and pleased to have attended the Carers Open Event, I thought it was wonderful and wanted to pass on my grateful thanks"
If you think you are a carer or you are not sure and want to find out more about this, book into a carers clinic today.
According to the 2011 census, there are 47,608 people in Wiltshire who are devoting time and energy to ensure that someone they know is looked after.
Contact Carer Support Wiltshire
Telephone: 0800 181 4118
Office Hours: Lines are open 9am – 4:30pm Monday- Thursday and 9am – 4pm on Fridays. Calls are free from UK landlines.
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
Benefits for carers - Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
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
Tax credits - Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible