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Carers Group

Are you looking after someone who needs your help? If so, you are a carer.

If you are a carer please let us know via this online form  


Important information for carers


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. Within the surgery we run a Carer’s Group which is held on the first Wednesday of every month between 1.30 and 3 p.m. New carers are always welcome – relaxation sessions are held and speakers are invited to give talks on various topics. A programme for the year is on display on the reception desk.


As a carer, you are also entitled to have your needs assessed by Adult Care Services.  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 now so that we can update our records and pass on your details to the Carers’ Service who can provide relevant information and advice, local support services, newsletter and telephone link line.  We can also refer you to Adult Care Services for a carer’s assessment.


Please complete the section in the New Patient Questionnaire if you are a carer and return it to the surgery. Our Carers’ Lead is Jane Weir, Nurse Practitioner.

Carers 'Rights, Advice and Support' Days

Friday, 6th December 2013 at St Mary's Church Ferndown. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Just pop by or stay all day.

Stour Carers Group

First Wednesday of every month. 1.30 - 3 p.m. at Stour Surgery. All new carers welcome. 

Contact Jane Weir, Nurse Practitioner. Tel. 01202 464500

The Phoenix Group - Stroke Suppor t

First Wednesday of every month. 1.30 -3 p.m. at Christchurch Hospital, Fairmile Road BH23 2JX. 

Tel: 01202 486361

The Richmond Fellowship - Carers support group for adults with severe mental illness

Last Wednesday of every month. 7 - 9 p.m. Bailey's Project, Barrack Road, Christchurch BH23 2AW.

Tel: 01202 496267

Juniper Social Education Centre - Parents and family carers of adults with learning disabilities

Second Monday of every month. 2 - 3.30 p.m. Loring Road, Christchurch, BH23 2JX. Tel: 01202 486114.

Highcliffe Dementia social group for those affected by memory loss and their carers

First and third Wednesday of every month. 1.30 - 3.30 p.m. St Mark's Church Hall, Hinton Wood Avenue, Christchurch. Tel. Lisa Gray 01202 474106

Dorset Adult Aspergers Group

Third Tuesday of every month. 4.30 - 6.30 p.m. Kings Park Hospital Christchurch. Tel. 07765 484270

Activities for November and December

The festive season is approaching, so why not do something special?

This time, we want you to decide; do you fancy watching a Panto? Maybe a massage or afternoon tea? Access Dorset activity service want you to have a 'festive treat' - up to the value of £20 per person.

For more information contact: Access Dorset: Tel. 01202 771336  Email:

Concerns about your relatives/close friends


Many of the patients registered with Stour Surgery are cared for by relatives or close friends. These carers see them very frequently and often have a much clearer picture of the symptoms and problems from which a person might suffer than do the doctors and nurses at the practice. All too often a person will put a ‘brave face’ on their condition when they come to see the doctors or nurses and this means that the clinicians are less likely to be able to help them as much as they could, and also that diagnoses might be missed.

If you care for a person registered at Stour Surgery, please do feel free to contact the doctors or nurses at the surgery if you have concerns about them. Often we can only listen to what you have to say and are unable to discuss a person’s situation without the written permission form that person. However, even a ‘one-way’ conversation can do a great deal to provide further information for a patient and we welcome this information.


So, if you want to tell us something about your loved one, please telephone the surgery and ask to speak to the doctor with whom they are registered or, if you prefer, to a nurse. It can only improve the care that we can provide and thus benefit those you care for.


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