A GP practice has been recognised for its commitment and support to unpaid carers.

Preseli Practice, which looks after the communities of Newport, Crymych and surrounding areas, has been awarded the Investors in Carers silver level.

Judith Hardisty, Hywel Dda University Health Board vice chairman and carers champion for the organisation said: "I was delighted to present the silver award which was recognition of the excellent work which the practice has done with and for carers.

"Carers play a vital role in supporting family and friends and this award for the practice is an acknowledgement of the importance they place on carers."

Melanie Stark, IT manager and carer lead said: "The whole team at Preseli Practice recognise the importance of identifying and supporting unpaid carers.

"Several members of the practice team are current carers or former carers and that gives an insight into the challenges faced by both carers and the cared for.

"The Investors in Carers silver level award itself is hard work and is evidence of the excellent work that the whole primary care team do on a daily basis.

"The practice hopes that by achieving this award we can encourage more patients to identify themselves as carers and ensure they receive the support they need.

"As a close community we have also been supported by our local pharmacy, library group and Preseli Practice Patient Group and I would like to thank everyone."

A carer is someone, of any age, who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.

Anyone can become a carer and in most cases becoming a carer is not out of choice, it just happens.