Do you look after someone?
If you regularly care for someone - please let us know! We will code that information on to your record, and it will entitle you to some extra NHS care yourself. We can offer you a flu vaccination, and the opportunity for an annual carers' healthcheck. We know that carers can sometimes ignore their own health, and this gives you the chance to raise any concerns you have either about your own fitness or about the responsibilities of caring.
We might be able to point you in the direction of further help and support.
North Tyneside Council's SIGN project has lots of information about help, advice and resources intended to help you.
Carers UK are dedicated to making the life of carers better. You can call them on 0808 808 777 if you prefer.
Many carers worry about what would happen in an emergency if they were unable to continue providing support. North Tyneside Council's Emergencybreak service is designed to help in just this sort of situation.
Young Carers have rights which are explained in this NHS webpage
North Tyneside Carers' Champion supports carers to have a voice 0191 643 2298
Carers Direct have a helpline 0300 123 1053
Macmillan's Online Community has discussion forums and an area called "Ask the Expert" in which anyone can put a question to the experts on the forum. The community is a safe website where people can share their experiences and find emotional and practical support from others in a similar situation. It is moderated by Macmillan staff.