See your Pharmacist First

NHS Pharmacy First Scotland will allow community pharmacies to give people expert help for treating conditions such as sore throats, earache and cold sores, along with common clinical conditions such as urinary tract infections (UTI’s).

Support for Unpaid Carers

Am I a Carer?

A carer is anyone who looks after a friend, family member or neighbour due to old age, physical or mental illness, disability, or an addiction (this does not include paid care workers or those who are volunteering).

The number of unpaid carers in Scotland is not known but it was estimated that there were around 700,000 to 800,000 before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Research from Carers UK suggests that number might now be over a million.

‘Looking after’ can mean helping with things like shopping, domestic tasks, emotional assistance and personal care – all of which are much more difficult during coronavirus.

If this sounds like you, you may be a carer. Please let the GP Surgery know if you are a carer.

When you’re caring for someone, it can feel like there’s no time for you.

But your health and wellbeing are just as important as anyone else’s. And support is available for you.

After all, you can only look after someone else if you look after yourself too.

If this sounds like you, contact Care Information Scotland online or phone 0800 011 3200 to find out about support available. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm.

More information is available on NHS Inform . You can request a Carers Appreciation card, which identifies you as a carer and allows some savings by contacting North Ayrshire Council Contact North Ayrshire Carers Centre, 174 High Street Irvine KA12 8AN, call 01294 311333 (Mon–Fri, 9am–4pm) or email [email protected]