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Across the UK today 6.5 million people are Carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill.
That’s 1 in 8 adults who care, unpaid, for family and friends.
A Carer is someone who provides unpaid help and support on a regular basis to a relative, neighbour or friend who is unable to manage at home due to age, a long term health condition or disability.
The first port of call for advice for Carers are the Carer Support Workers based in the surgeries. They can be contacted initially by calling the main practice telephone number. We will pass on your details so that they can call you back.
We think that there are 16,000 unpaid carers in Torbay. Are you one? Links about financial support, young carers, juggling work with caring etc..
If you're a carer, there are many organisations that can provide practical and financial help, as well as short breaks from caring. You can find information and advice here.
The Carers Trust has 144 carers' centres across the UK where you can find information, emotional support and training in skills such as first aid and stress reduction.
Looking after your loved ones can be tough, but you’re not on your own. Led by carers, we’re here to give you expert help & support.
As the UK's only national membership charity for carers, Carers UK is both a support network and a movement for change.
We talk to Katy Heard (Torbay Carers Service) & Ann Balsom (Carer) about the support available for unpaid carers.
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NON-EMERGENCY: Take a look at our "Get health information" page. Alternatively, call 111 for non-urgent medical advice.
MINOR INJURIES: We do not provide a minor injuries service. You should attend A&E or a local minor iunjuries unit. The LIVE WAITING times for these services are listed here.
EMERGENCY: Dial 999 or go to your nearest A&E Department (you must not dial 999 for anything other than an emergency)
If you do need to attend the emergency department at Torbay Hospital please read this leaflet.