Your GP (General Practitioner) and primary care team can provide you with support, advice and information.

A helpful starting point to getting the support you need as a carer is to let your GP know. There are also many services that can support you to look after your own health including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, continence advisers and dieticians which they can direct you to.

What should I tell my GP?

Tell your GP that you have caring responsibilities as soon as possible. They can then record this on your medical records.

If they know you are a carer and likely to be under pressure at times, they will be able to offer more tailored advice and, if necessary, provide more support when they diagnose and treat you in the future. GPs in England are being urged to adopt new measures dedicated to ensuring young carers are offered flu vaccinations, regular health check ups and mental health screening routinely. We hope this initiative will also be extended more widely in the UK and to adult carers. You could ask your GP or local practice for more information.

If you're a carer, your GP could:

  • ensure you are contacted for free flu or Covid-19 jabs
  • help provide information and advice on:
    1. medical conditions of and treatments for the person you care for to help you feel more confident in your caring role.
    2. services provided by the NHS such as continence services and patient transport to hospital appointments.
    3. other sources of support and advice. This could include the social services department and local voluntary agencies.
  • arrange home visits to you or the person you care for if your caring responsibilities make it difficult to attend appointments at the surgery.
  • arrange 'double' appointments for both you and the person you care for at the same time to avoid having to visit the surgery twice.
  • arrange for repeat prescriptions to be delivered to your local pharmacy to save you picking them up.
  • provide supporting letters and information to enable you and the person you care for to access benefits such as Attendance Allowance or a blue badge scheme.


Please also see: which includes 2 short videos about carers registering with their GPs. It also lists reasons why this is so important and what GP surgeries can do to help carers.

The leaflet below, from Southampton City CCG, provides all the details on how to inform your GP surgery that you are a carer and the benefits of doing so.  Please post it to your GP or drop it in to their postbox.

‘Are you a carer in Southampton?’ Southampton City CCG Leaflet

Your local GP practice provides a wide range of family health services, including:

  • advice on health problems
  • prescriptions for medicines
  • examinations and treatment
  • referrals to other health services and social services
  • vaccinations.

All of the GP practices in the city are members of NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). This means they have signed up to our constitution which sets out how the CCG will be run and how decisions will be delegated.

A list of all the GP practices in Southampton is available below, or you can search for your nearest GP practice by entering your address on the on the NHS website here:

Find out how to register with a GP practice here: