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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER - FLU CLINIC

We are now taking bookings for our flu clinic which is being held on Saturday 23rd September.

We are also holding a shingles/flu clinic for those of you who are eligible for both vaccines on 23rd September.

Please contact reception on 01271 329004 to check whether you are eligible and to make an appointment.

National Diabetes Audit (NDA): Helping to improve diabetes care

Brannam Medical Centre is taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. Please click here for more information.

BLOOD PRESSURE APPOINTMENTS

Please remember to arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment to give your heart rate a chance to steady. Please wear loose clothing and refrain from Caffeine and Nicotine for at least 30 minutes prior to your Blood Pressure appointment.

Carers

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Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you.

We can book you in for one of our free and confidential health and wellbeing checks exclusively for carers.  Please call reception on 01271 314236 to book in or discuss with your doctor.

Carers often put the health of the person they care for before their own.  To be able to care for others, you must care for yourself!  You do not need to be claiming or receiving Carer’s Allowance to be considered a “carer”.

Some of the many benefits of having the health check are:

  • re-assurance for you, and person you care for
  • an opportunity to pick up on any early signs of ill health
  • time for you to think about yourself and your own health
  • a chance to access any necessary advice or treatment at an early stage, possibly avoiding more serious problems in future
  • Completely free of charge
  • Money available to cover care while you have your check
  • Confidential

Your check will cover your:

· Physical Health

· Stress and mental wellbeing

· Challenges of caring

· An opportunity to raise any worries or concerns about caring and how it affects you

We also work closely with Devon Carers Service to support carers who are registered with us. Devon Carers is the service in Devon for all carers and is funded by the NHS to provide information, support and short breaks to carers.  Anyone who looks after someone is entitled to access their services and carers do not have to undertake any assessments or eligibility checks in order to access their help. There are a wide range of free and confidential services available and it’s the carer’s choice to access whichever services they feel would be beneficial. 

Jo Morgan is the Devon Carers Support Worker and she offers monthly information appointments at Brannam Medical Centre. This is an ideal chance to find out about the free services and support offered by Devon Carers; get help in accessing the grants and sitting services available; ask advice on what further help is available to you in your area; think about future planning or talk over issues that may be troubling you. To book an appointment please call recpetion. 

Did you know?

- In Devon there are around 84,000 carers providing unpaid care for relatives and friends.

- Over a million carers, care for 50+ hours per week.

- 1 in 8 adults (around six million people) are carers.

- By 2037, it's anticipated that the number of carers will increase to 9 million.

- Every day another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility - that equals over 2 million people each year.

- There are 175,000 young people over the age of 18 who provide care for people. 13,000 of these provide care for 50 hours or more per week.

- 58% of carers are women and 42% are men.

- 1 in 5 of carers providing substantial care are not in good health compared to 1 in 10 of those who are not carers.

- People providing high levels of care are twice as likely to be permanently sick or disabled.

- 625,000 people suffer mental and physical ill health as a direct consequence of the stress and physical demands of caring.

- 52% of carers providing substantial care had been treated for a stress-related disorder.


Click the link to view the Devon Carers Factsheet


AFTER CARING - ENABLING CARERS TO LOOK AHEAD

Offering support for carers aged 50+ who are facing the end of their caring role.

This is a free service providing information, bereavement support, signposting and mentoring.

Call 01237 420134 or email aftercaring@torridgecvs.org.uk

http://www.aftercaring.org.uk/


Useful Links Devon Virtual Carers

Devon Carers Link http://www.devoncarerslink.org/links

Devon Virtual Carers http://www.devoncarerscentre.org.uk/ 

Devon Young Carers http://www.devonyoungcarers.org.uk/

NHS Choices http://www.nhs.uk/carersdirect/Pages/CarersDirectHome.aspx

NHS Choices

There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

  • Caring for a parent

    Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home

  • Telling people

    Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.

  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.

  • Housing and carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

Carers support groups Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.



 
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