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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.

Travel Vaccinations

If you require travel vaccinations, please complete a travel questionnaire, available below, at least 6 weeks before travel if possible. Not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS so you may also be referred to our private travel clinic.

For information on our private travel clinic, please click the 'Private Services' link on the Clinics and Services page.

If you need information about vaccinations for particular destinations, please click on the appropriate flag below where you will find information about countries and vaccinations required.

 

 

Europe Europe & Russia North America North America
Central America Central America South America South America
Caribbean Caribbean Africa Africa
Middle East Middle East Central Asia Central Asia
East Asia East Asia Australasia Australasia and Pacific

   


Consultation

For patients registered with a GP here at the medical centre, please download and complete the:

Travel Questionnare for NPMC Patients

Please print and send completed by post to Newport Pagnell Medical Centre, for the attention of the Practice Nurse Team or attach to an email and send to: mkccg.npmctravelclinic@nhs.net

An assessment will be made then you will be contacted within 2 weeks of receipt of your form and offered an appointment if you need any vaccinations or malaria tablets.

Vaccination Record
If you have a record of any vaccinations given else where please bring this with you along with a list of any prescribed medication given to you by your GP.




 
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