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Carers Information

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Are You a Carer?

If you are, please let us know - we may be able to help you.  Please contact Reception or any member of staff for more information.

Gillingham Medical Practice Carers Lead is Gemma Colllins

Email:             Call: 07368577844

Please have a look at the Q&A we did recently with Debbie at Abbey View, Lynne (Carers Caseworker) and Trevor (Carer Support Dorset).  We wanted to highlight why you should register with the practice as a Carer, and also inform existing carers of where to find help.

We have recently compiled our carers board information into one place for ease of access.  You will find this here.

We will continue to post Carers information to our Practice Facebook page but have also created a ‘closed’ GMP Carers Support Group on Facebook as an aid for our carers to share their knowledge of local resources, and to support each other. To join the page please ensure you agree to the page rules.       


As a Practice, we highly recommend you registering as a carer with Carer Support Dorset.  This will:

  •  Give you access to information and advice about multiple services across Dorset that can support you in your caring role.

  • Access to the Carers Card – helping you receive various discounts across the county.

  • Keep you up to date with news, what’s on and services available.

  • Enable you to be part of a social community of carers.

To register contact Carer Support Dorset:


Freephone: 0800 368 8349


The new Dorset Carers Hub is now live on My Life My Care:

The hub covers a wide range of information and advice for carers, links to the service provider directory and also signposts to other resources.

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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