Welcome to the Portesham Surgery Carers Page !

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, my name is Jackie Clark and I am the Carers Lead for Portesham Surgery.

For your information, I have provided links that will take you to our Carers Information pack, and various support resources.

We do actively encourage all carers to contact Carers Support Dorset on either or 0800 368 8349, as a first point of contact.

Carer Support Dorset have a dedicated team who can discuss your caring role and the effect it has on you. They can then signpost and refer to a whole range of services that can offer you support. Carer Support Dorset can also refer onto Dorset Council for a Carer Act Carers Assessment if this will be beneficial to you.

As a carer you are entitled to a free flu vaccination, please look out for when our Flu Clinics are advertised around October of each year.

As part of the links I have included a short questionnaire requesting details regarding the person you care for, and also any assistance or signposting that you may need.  Please note that the information you provide will help me assist you as much as possible now and in the future, and I would therefore be grateful if you could print, complete and return in due course.

Links to welcome pack

Carers Questionnaire 2020

FoPs Community Services (1)

FoPs Community Activities(2)


Resource Links / Websites 


National Shielding Service System (NSSS) – support for the clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus The government has a service of support for those with a medical condition which means they are classed as being clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. The service can offer:

  • access to priority supermarket deliveries
  • info on local support that’s available
People can register themselves, or on behalf of someone else via the following link:-

Herbert protocol flyer   For families caring for those with dementia

Dorset Carers Hub

Leonardo Trust

Age UK

Royal Volunteer Services

Help and Care – the organisation for carers in Dorset.  They are currently running free, informal information workshops for carers.  Contact them on 0300 111 3303, email, or look on their website at

NHS Continuing Healthcare – you may be entitled to funding to pay for health care provided in any setting (at home, hospice or a care home) over an extended period of time to meet physical or mental health needs that have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness.  (It is only provided where an individual requires long term healthcare and NOT for social or residential care.)

Carers Direct is the NHS website gives information on financial help, how to get a break from caring, going to work etc.   Call them on 0808 802 0202 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday or 11am to 4pm at weekends.

Whats on! Section 


New! Dorset Carers Hub Magazine– Tea break teasers! – DCH Magazine Nov 2020

Carer Support Dorset latest “Caring Matters” edition

Dorset Mental Health Carers  Dorset Mental Health Carers Project Newsletter Autumn Winter 2020


Upcoming Workshops and Events for Carers


Carer Support Dorset workshops

Why not sign up for a workshop/online event covering everything from Mindfulness, virtual cafes, virtual carer groups, Mindful Mens Activity group to Energy Saving this winter.



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