On Friday 21 January, Carer Support Dorset will be running its first ever Carers Clinic in a GP surgery.

Puddletown Surgery, near Dorchester, will be trialling the first clinic for unpaid carers, in what’s set to be a rolled-out programme for other GP surgeries across Dorset.

Unpaid carers who are currently registered with the surgery will be able to book a 30-minute slot with one of Carer Support Dorset’s Carer Advisers to discuss any issues or concerns that they have about their caring role. This could be in relation to finances, their own health and wellbeing or for more information on the condition of the person they care for. It is hoped that these clinics would then return later in the year.

Anna Elston, Manager, Carer Support Dorset comments:

“We are delighted to be able to offer these clinics for carers at the Puddletown Surgery. Unpaid carers can often struggle to access support and by working with Puddletown Surgery, it is hoped that the unpaid carers based in this area will be encouraged to seek help or advice regarding their caring roles.”

Kate Trevett, Care Co-ordinator and Social Prescribing Lead, Puddletown Surgery adds:

“We have around 200 unpaid carers that are known to us at Puddletown Surgery. By running this clinic, we are pleased to be able to give carers the opportunity to seek further support in their caring role.”

If you would like to know more about the Carers Clinic in Puddletown Surgery, please call 01305 848333.