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Who is a carer?

A carer is someone, who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help. You may not consider yourself to be a carer; you are just looking after your partner, parents, child, or best friend, just getting on with it and doing what anyone else would in your situation.

Caring for someone after the operation and beyond

You will have received all the help needed whilst your loved one is in hospital. If you are caring for someone after a transplant operation, your life may be turned upside down when you get home.

When you are taking care of somebody you also need to think about caring for yourself. Taking on a caring role can sometimes mean facing isolation, frustration, ill health and depression. You may have a full time job and are trying to juggle jobs with your caring responsibilities. You may struggle on alone and do not know that there is help available to you. Depending on the type and intensity of care needed, your own health and well-being can be compromised by looking after someone else.

How your GP could help

If you are experiencing any stress or anxiety you may wish to tell your GP. If you know you will be discussing the person you are caring for, ask them whether he/she is happy to share health information about their condition.

Before your appointment you may wish to write down any questions you would like to ask the GP. Some surgeries may offer a range of information and support to carers. The GP can also help you to get in contact with your local services such as your social service office, if for example, you require a carer's assessment, or to contact your local voluntary services if you require respite in your home.

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