NHS Commissioning Board
PO Box 16738
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Before 6pm 01202 854443
After 6pm 0845 7010401
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District nurses (out of hours)
Health visitors (24 hr messaging)
Community mental health nurses
School nursing team
Family planning clinics/Contraception and Sexual Health(CASH) clinics
0300 303 1948
Dorset County (Dorchester)
Genplus Retail Ltd
Wareham & Sandford Dental Surgeries
Purbeck Dental Surgery
Definition of a Carer
Individuals, irrespective of age, who provide or supervise a substantial amount of care on a regular basis of a child, relative, partner or neighbour who is unable to manage on their own due to illness, disability, frailty, mental distress or impairment.
The term “carer”would not normally apply if the person is:
- a paid carer
- a volunteer from a voluntary agency
- anyone providing personal assistance for payment either in cash or kind
We are interested in identifying carers, especially those people who may be caring without help or support. We know that carers are often “hidden” looking after a family member or helping a friend or neighbour with day to day tasks and may not see themselves as a carer.
We feel that caring for someone is an important and valuable role in the community, which is often a 24-hour job that can be very demanding and isolating for the carer. We further believe carers should receive appropriate support by way of access to accurate information on a range of topics such as entitlement to benefits and respite care and not least, a listening ear when things get too much.
As a carer, you are also entitled to have your needs assessed by Social Care and Health. A Carer’s Assessment is a chance to talk about your needs as a carer and the possible ways help could be given. It also looks at the needs of the person you care for. This could be done separately, or together, depending on the situation. There is no charge for an assessment.
If you are a carer, this is an opportunity to let the practice know so that we can update our records and pass on your details to Help and Care who can provide relevant information and advice, local support services, newsletter and telephone linkline. We can also refer you to Social Care and Health for a carer’s assessment.
Please Click Here to download a form if you are a carer, complete it return it to the surgery.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Useful Website Links for Carers
Healthy hydration campaign: ‘Stay healthy – just add water’
The healthy hydration campaign has been launched as part of an initiative to reduce the number of acute hospital admissions due to urinary tract infections.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) consistently rank within the top three reasons for emergency admission into the acute sector at a cost of nearly £3million per year just within NHS Dorset. Within the UK extensive research undertaken over the last 10 years indicates that drinking more water can reduce the probability of these infections whilst also offering other general health and well being benefits for individuals.
NHS Dorset and Dorset County Council are working in partnership with voluntary and statutory organisations to improve the health of the county and we need your engagement.
Everyone is key to the success of this promotion so we ask you all to join with us in raising awareness of the importance and benefits of drinking water and healthy hydration. This includes making drinking water readily available at all times. The long-term ambition is that it will become common practice for all to promote the benefits of drinking more water, thereby assisting the population of Dorset to stay healthy by just adding water.
Water is vital to our health and most of us do not drink enough. Figures show that in the over-55 age group nearly one third drink just one or two glasses a day, with one in ten drinking just one glass a day. The amount of fluid we need depends on many things including the weather, how much physical activity we do and our age, but generally we should drink about 1.2 litres (6-8 glasses) of fluid per day. Older people are more at risk, because their thirst sensation is diminished, meaning that by the time they feel thirsty, they are already dehydrated. This can lead to increased rates of urinary tract infections, incontinence, dizziness, falls, confusion, headaches……the list goes on!
If older people cannot help themselves easily, they become reliant on others and are more at risk.
Drinking water can reduce urinary tract infections and constipation. It helps concentration, improves our skin, boosts energy levels, helps many people to sleep and generally makes us feel better.
Remember – by the time we feel thirsty, we are dehydrated already, so we need to keep that water going in and make sure we drink more, not only in warmer weather, but when the central heating comes on as well.
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