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Self-care article


 “Self-care is all about you. It includes knowing about your health and taking simple lifestyle steps to being healthier, including eating healthily, taking regular exercise and dealing with common conditions as well as managing long term conditions effectively. 


Self-care is the best choice to treat minor illnesses and injuries. A large range of common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home simply with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest. 


What is self-care? 


Self-care means looking after yourself in a healthy way, whether it’s eating healthily, taking medicine when you have a cold, or doing some exercise. 


How can I self-care? 


Self-care includes the actions you take every day in order to stay fit and maintain good physical and mental health, meet your social and emotional needs, prevent and treat illness, and care more effectively for minor ailments. 


Can anyone help me to self-care? 


Your pharmacist can help you to stock up your medicine cabinet with remedies for minor ailments and illnesses. Some useful additions to your home first-aid kit include:


Painkillers for adults and children


Medicines to help with all kinds of tummy upsets


Tweezers and sharp scissors to remove splinters or cut bandages


A thermometer to check for fever


Antiseptic cream


Antiseptic wipes


A range of bandages, plasters, and dressings for minor cuts, sprains and bruises 


Why should I self-care? 


Keeping yourself fit and healthy can help protect you from illnesses like colds, flu and infections. Making lifestyle changes like quitting smoking or losing weight can also decrease your chances of getting a serious illness like cancer or heart disease. By caring for yourself, you’re helping to make sure NHS services are available for those that really need them. 


What if I don’t know if I can self-care? 


Advice is available free 24/7 on 111 and your pharmacist can also provide support and guidance.

The Practice Nursing Clinic

The practice nursing clinic is open Monday to Friday from 8.00-6.30 and Saturday mornings.  You can make an appointment with reception and come to the clinic to discusslady_doctor_baby any concerns you may have or to access the following nursing care:

  • Cervical smears
  • Dressings
  • Ear syringing
  • Lifestyle advice including weight reduction and increasing your exercise levels in order to reduce the chances of your developing long term illnesses and increase your health.
  • Contraception
  • Sexual health advice
  • Support to help you stop smoking
  • Pre-operative advice
  • Suture removals
  • ECG’s
  • Blood pressure monitoring and advice

Nurse Revalidation

Nurse Revalidation comes into effect from April 2016. This is a new process by which nurses and midwifes demonstrate that they practice safely.

 All nurses and midwifes will need to demonstrate that they:

  • Practice a minimum number of hours.
  • Attend regular training sessions
  • Obtain feedback about their practice

At NPMC we will be working with the Nursing and Midwifery Council to ensure all of our nurses are working to a high standard. As part of this we will be asking for feedback from patients who are seen by the Practice Nurse Team on a regular basis.

 

Health Care Assistant Clinics

You can make an appointment with reception for the following care:

  • Blood tests
  • Dressings
  • Support to help you stop smoking
  • Pre diabetic clinic care
  • ECG’s
  • Flu injections
  • Pneumovax injections
  • Vitamin B12 injections
  • Suture or clip removal
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Urine testing
  • Health promotion
  • Injections

 

 
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