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Carers Week 2023: 5-11 June – Our Dorset

Do you look after someone that couldn’t manage without your support? If the answer is yes, then you are a carer.

You may not consider yourself a carer, as caring is often something we do for family or friends without question and without defining or labelling it as such. If you provide care to someone who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, and they couldn’t manage without your support, then you are a carer.

Carers can be anyone of any age and perform any number of different tasks to support the person they are caring for.  You may be providing practical support like shopping, meal preparation, personal care (such as washing or dressing) or you may be providing emotional support to support someone’s mental wellbeing. You do not have to live with the person you care for to be a carer.

Let us Know if You are a Carer

While many carers feel that caring is one of the most important and rewarding things they do, its challenges should not be underestimated.  Caring can impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health, to finances and work.  Caring without the right information and support can be tough. That is why we want to know who all our patients with caring responsibilities are, so they can get the support they need.

Please let us know if you are a carer.

If you do not have access to the online form, please contact the surgery on 01305 251128 or pop into the surgery and ask one of our friendly reception team to fill out a carer identification form.


Our Carers Lead

Tania Baxter is our Carers Lead at Poundbury Doctors Surgery and is here to help you.  If you feel you would like some further information on services available to you or could do with some support, she can point you in the right direction.  You can contact Tania through calling the surgery.


Our Carers Lead GP is Dr Frances Watt.



Dorset Carer Support Services

Every carer should be supported with the right information and advice in order for them to feel able to carry out their caring role. In Dorset we have two ‘front door’ carer support services in which we encourage every carer to be registered with. They provide you with regular newsletters to keep you informed, give you access to the Dorset Carers Card which can save you money, and provide a wealth of training opportunities to help you as a carer. When you register with us, you can give us permission to make a referral on your behalf with information you provide, or alternatively you can contact them yourself using the details below:

If you care for some who lives Dorset Council, you will need to register with Carer Support Dorset for support:

Tel: 0800 3688349

Website: www.carersupportdorset.co.uk

Email: admin@carersupportdorset.co.uk

Carer registration form: Webform (dizions.co.uk)


If you care for someone who lives in BCP Council you will need to register with Carers’ Resource Information and Support (CRISP) for support –


Tel: 01202 128787

Website: www.crispweb.org

Email: carersupport@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Carer registration form: Join The Carers Information Service (crispweb.org)


Our Primary Care Network Carers Information Page

Poundbury Doctors Surgery is one of nine surgeries within Mid Dorset Primary Care Network (PCN).  The PCN was set up in order for our local surgeries in Mid Dorset to work together to enable great provision of proactive, personalised, coordinator and integrated health and social care for people closer to home.

That is why we have created a joint Carers Information Page on the PCN website which holds the rest of the information that is available to support you as a carer:

Carers « Mid Dorset Primary Care Network (mid-dorsetpcn.co.uk)

Please visit the PCN Carers Information page for further information, advice and support.

It covers information on:

  • How we can support you
  • Local support services
  • Young Carers 
  • Planning ahead
  • In an emergency
  • Support for carers in our Dorset hospitals
  • Carer’s Assessment
  • Carers Information Pack
  • Carers News
  • Leaflets
  • Useful websites and contacts