Information for Carers




Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you

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


image of a carer


image of a carer

Finance and Law

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

  • Benefits for carers: Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
  • Benefits for the under-65s: Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to.
  • Benefits for the over-65s: Advice and information on financial support for older people with a disability or illness.
  • Carer's Assement: How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
  • Other benefits: Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring

Contact Carers Direct

Telephone: 0808 802 0202



Office Hours: Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.

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Local Information

In Darlington, the Carers Support Service (a member of Darlington Association on Disability) supports those people who are carers and we work with this Group by trying to identify which of our patients are carers.

We will ask your permission to mark your patient record accordingly. Please consider the options below:

  • You are a carer and would like to record this on your patient record.
  • You are a carer but do not want to mark your patient record with this information.
  • You are a carer and would be happy for us to refer your details to the Carers Support Group, who may be able to offer me advice and support.
  • You are a carer but do not wish to give your details to the Carers Support Group

Please contact us to update your records on 01325 461128

Our Surgery Carer representative is Kim Segger