Join our carers list

Caring for someone can be incredibly important and rewarding, but it also comes with many challenges. It can affect your relationships, health, finances, and work. Without the right information and support, caring can be very difficult.

At Mid Dorset Primary Care Network (PCN), we want to know who our patients with caring responsibilities are so we can offer the support they need.

Please fill out the online form below to let us know if you are a carer.

Unpaid Carer GP Registration Form

Your Surgery Carers Team

The PCN has a dedicated Carers Lead, supporting each practice's patient wellness team, to oversee the support available to carers at their GP practice. If you need more information about the services available to you or require support, please contact your Surgery.

How your Surgery can support you

Once you identify yourself as a carer, you will be added to your practice’s Carers List, making the staff aware of your caring responsibilities. We will not share this information with anyone else unless you give us permission. Here are some ways your practice may support you:

  • Welcome Call or Letter: All newly identified carers will receive a call or letter from a Carers Lead along with a Carers Information Pack.
  • Health Support: Assistance in taking care of your own health, such as free flu vaccinations.
  • Referrals: With your consent, we can refer you to dedicated carer services for additional support.
  • Carers Clinics: In partnership with Carer Support Dorset, we offer carers clinics where you can meet privately with a carer adviser for personalised advice and support (availability varies by surgery).
  • Medical Information: With your consent (please see below), we can provide information on any medical conditions and treatments for the person you care for, helping you feel more confident in your role.
  • Repeat Prescriptions: Repeat prescriptions can be sent to your local pharmacy to save you the trip of picking them up.

Consent and sharing the cared-for persons health information

We recognise that carers are a key partner in providing care for their loved ones and that their views are important. In order for the practice to speak to carers about their cared-for persons care and treatment consent must be obtained from the cared for person. We encourage carers and the people they care for to consider speaking to their practice as soon as possible in order to put these arrangements in place and have this documented on their records.