A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family and friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.
Anyone can become a carer; carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age. Many feel they are doing what anyone else would in the same situation; looking after their mother, son, or best friend and just getting on with it.
Emotional and practical support is available from any of the six carers centres across the country.
Further information can be found here
Tel: 0300 005 1213
North East Carer Support
Please let the surgery staff know if you are caring for someone.