The Spinney Surgery

Ramsey Road, St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 3TP

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Telephone: 01480 495347

Carers in the Community

A carer is ‘anyone, including children and adults, who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support’ and notes that ‘the care they give is unpaid’.

The life of a carer is incredibly rewarding but can also leave carers themselves needing an extra helping hand. If you care for someone or know someone who does, please let us know either by completing our Adult or Young Carers registration forms (at the top of the page). We can then make a note of this on your record to ensure that you and the person/people you care for receive the right support and care.

Are you a Young Carer?

A young carer might be looking after someone close to them (a parent, grandparent or sibling) who is ill or unable to care for themselves. This can be hard work and often young carers spend a lot of time doing housework as well as nursing and doing tasks such as bathing and dressing them.

Being a young carer can affect your own health and wellbeing:

  • feeling overwhelmed or stressed
  • feeling anxious or worried
  • feeling physically tired
  • being bullied or left out
  • being embarrassed about your situation
  • missing school, homework or after school activities

Recording your caring status on your patient record ensures that all the surgery staff can support you with making appointments, collecting prescriptions and directing you to resources and organisations who will be able to help. You can let us know you are a young carer during a consultation with a doctor, by telling our reception team or by filling out our Young Carers Registration Form (at the top of the page).


How the Spinney supports carers

At the Spinney, we strive to support carers in the community and provide them with the help they need to give the best care possible and also to take care of themselves.

If we know you’re a carer, we can:

  • support you with any physical health issues related to your caring role
  • talk to you about your mental health and the impact of your caring role
  • refer you to helpful organisations that can improve your caring situation
  • refer you for a Carer’s Break payment if your caring role is impacting your health, potentially meaning you can take a break

If you are struggling or have concerns about the health and wellbeing of either yourself or the person/people you care for, please get in touch with us.

To celebrate the work carers do in St Ives, every year we host the Carers Tea as part of National Carers Week which allows carers and those they care for to come enjoy an afternoon tea to give them the respite they deserve.

We have also been awarded the Carers Friendly Tick for Healthcare by Caring Together which recognises us as a practice who go above and beyond for the carers in our community to help support them however we can.


Resources and support for carers in St Ives and Huntingdonshire

Below you can find some information about local schemes and resources which you may find useful:

Practice/Dispensary Opening Times

  • Monday
    08:00 until 13:00
    14:00 until 18:00
  • Tuesday
    08:00 until 13:00
    14:00 until 18:00
  • Wednesday
    08:00 until 13:00
    14:00 until 18:00
  • Thursday
    08:00 until 13:00
    14:00 until 18:00
  • Friday
    08:00 until 13:00
    14:00 until 18:00
  • Saturday
  • Sunday