Getting the best from your GP
Carers often suffer ill health due their caring responsibilities so it’s important to let your GP know you are a carer. GPs can be an important source of information and advice on services provided by the NHS such as continence services and patient transport to hospital appointments.
As a carer of someone who is frail or has a serious or chronic health condition you may be eligible for an annual flu vaccination. Ask your GP practice how they can support you as a carer.
All Pharmacies have qualified pharmacists.
You can get professional, confidential health advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses, aches and pains, quickly without having to wait for a GP appointment. Just give them a call or drop in – there’s no need to make an appointment.
If you do not pay for your prescription, the pharmacy can supply you medicines free of charge.
Click here for more information on when and how you can used MK Pharmacy First.
Have regular check-ups
Although your life as a carer can be busy and your attention is focused on caring, it’s important to consider your own health needs. Make time for your medical appointments and attend regular check-ups and screenings. If you have not seen your GP for some time, why not arrange a health check?
Take care of your back
Back problems are common amongst carers. Lifting the person you care for and helping them dress or move around can place great strain on your back. Knowing how to protect your back can help to keep it in good shape.
Explore this guide to learn more about the different types of back pain, get advice on treatment and understand the ways you can prevent back pain in the future.
Take care of your emotional wellbeing
About 40% of carers are thought to be at risk of depression or stress because of their caring role. If you are feeling anxious, stressed or depressed you can contact Carers Milton Keynes for emotional support. We also have a small grant fund that we can use to pay for some sessions of counselling if carers need more in-depth support.