Information for carers
A carer is anybody who looks after someone who needs extra help. This is because of an illness or disability. This could be a:
- family member
This includes children and young people under 18. All the care they give is unpaid.
A GP should code the carers notes (and those of other relevant carers) with an ‘Is a carer’ code. This is so that they get called for flu vaccines and up to date Covid advice. It can also help their GP practice to know that they are a carer. For example, making sure their own health issues are looked at, arranging appointments or home visits.
Parent and carers may want to put a request on your notes that they can pick up prescriptions on your behalf. At age 16 you can pick up your own prescriptions and you may want someone to do this for you.