Carers surgeries take place in GP practices across Bristol & South Glos. They allow us to meet carers at a convenient location closer to their home.
Close Farm Surgery in North Common are offering a free health check to all carers aged over 75 registered with the practice. This innovative service has been set up through the work of our GP team following a presentation by the surgery’s Patient Participation Group.
As we move into Autumn, we are keen to remind everyone that carers are entitled to a free flu jab.
Our GP Link Volunteer programme is included in a national report by the Kings Fund, examining good practice around volunteering in general practice. We were pleased that our programme was chosen as one of the case studies, showing the added value and benefit that volunteering can make in primary care. The Kings Fund report explores ways in which volunteers contribute to general practice, providing an opportunity for practices to engage beyond their traditional boundaries, creating an interface with voluntary and community sector organisations and with the wider community.
We currently work with all 52 GP practices in Bristol and 26 GP practices in South Gloucestershire. Practices can request their own GP Link volunteer, who helps to support people to self-identify as carers, so that they can then access information to help them in their caring role.
See the Kings fund report: Volunteering in general practice: opportunities and insights
Find out more about our volunteering programme.
We have recently launched a new award scheme for GP practices in South Gloucestershire to show how ‘carer and dementia friendly’ they are.
If you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person who may be put at risk if you fall ill, you should be offered a free flu jab. Those over the age of 65 are also eligible for a free flu jab.
Please make sure you access the free flu jab. Just ask at your GP practice or local pharmacy.