What is a carer?
Carers look after family, partners or friends who are ill, frail, have a disability, or need help because of substance misuse. They don’t get paid for the help they provide.
What help can I get as a carer?
You can find out more about help available to carers at www.lbhf.gov.uk.
You can also contact the Carers Network, a London-based charity providing support, information, breaks and grants for unpaid carers, at www.carers-network.co.uk.
Tell your GP you're a carer
They will put your carer's status on your medical notes, this will help the doctor to understand if your health is affected by your caring role.
For a carers assessment, call 020 7361 2552.
This will give you a chance to talk about the support you need and the impact that being a carer may be having on your life. This may include areas such as your health, social life, ability to work or just having time for yourself.
You can also ask your doctor to make a referral.
More information about support for young carers in Hammersmith and Fulham can be found here.
For more information about help and support for young carers nationally, visit the NHS Choices website.