Carers Information

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Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know   Carer_Leaflet_(Updated_October_2012).doc

We want to help and support you - remember that if you look after someone's daily needs - even if they themselves are not our patient, we need to make sure that you are also looked after - that also means ensuring that you receive the annual flu vaccination. With your permission we will make a record in your notes that you look after someone.

There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

Whether you care for someone a few hours a week, or for 24 hours a day, there is a wide range of confidential  and independent information and advice, helping you to care.


In Midlothian, Carer Advice & Development Officers can be contacted at:

VOCAL Midlothian Carer Centre, 30/1 Hardengreen Estate, Dalhousie Road, Dalkeith 0131 663 6869 or email

Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm Midlothian_Carers_Leaflet.pdf

To access the local Carers Training Website – where carers (Lothian-wide) can look up and book courses/workshops go to :

If you are a young carer additional help and support is also available from:

      Midlothian Young Carers Service 0131 654 9540 0131 561 9314

Units 9-10, 40 Hardengreen Business Park, Dalhousie Road, Dalkeith

EH22 3NY

  • Caring for a parent

    Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home

  • Telling people

    Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.

  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.

  • Housing and carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

Contact Carers Direct

0808 802 0202
Helpline Information
Office Hours
Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.

Carers support groups

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.

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