Are you a carer?

A carer is a person who provides care for someone who, because of a long term illness, mental health condition, addiction, disability or old age is not able to care for themselves without support.

Please let us know if you are a carer and we will make a note on your medical record. We have information for carers at the surgery, and you will be entitled to a free annual 'flu jab. You or the person you care for may also be entitled to benefits.


For further information about the Carer's Information Service you can call Help and Care in Dorset on 0300 111 3303Other useful resources for carers include:

Carer's Direct - the national information service for carers, offering support and information.
Tel: 0808 802 0202, or

Carer's Trust - offers advice, support and information, with online discussion groups and blogs -

Carer's UK - offers advice and information, and also campaigns to make life better for carers, and influences policy makers, employers and service providers to help them improve carer's lives. Tel: 0808 808 7777 or online at

Christchurch Social Services - have a carers' caseworker who is there to support carers. Address: Loring Road, Christchurch BH23 2GZ. Tel: 01202 474106

Local and Upcoming Events for Carers in Christchurch:

Christchurch Carers' Information Service: Meet Thursday mornings 1000-1200, Christchurch Library, High Street, Christchurch

Christchurch Macular Support Group: Meet on the third Wednesday of the month, 1030-1230, Druitt Hall, High Street, Christchurch BH23 1AB (at the rear of the library)

Also please keep an eye on the 'Current News' section of the website for details of forthcoming events for carers.