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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.

Legs 11 is an evidence-based service providing treatment, health promotion, education and ongoing care for people in all age groups, who are experiencing leg-related problems eg leg ulceration.

 

Newport Pagnell Legs 11 meets once a week on a Tuesday morning, in the Health Education Room. No appointments are required and patients can drop in to chat over a cup of tea or coffee whilst awaiting treatment. Transport can be arranged, for a small charge, to and from the Medical Centre, and parking is close by.

 

The Legs 11 staff work in partnership with patients, using best-practice guidelines. They provide a high standard of care in a social, friendly setting, that promotes understanding and peer support. Patients are encouraged to discuss treatment and talk openly about their experience with the nursing team, our valuable volunteers, and other patients who may be experiencing similar conditions. This service is available to registered patients of Newport Pagnell Medical Centre and any patients who are being cared for by the Community Nurses at The Kingfisher Surgery.

 

 
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