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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.

Appointments

You can arrange an appointment with your doctor or the practice nurse by:

  • Telephone: 01908 617111
  • Online: www.npmc.nhs.uk.  To do this you will need to contact the Medical Centre and they will grant you access to "SystmOnline" and print you a username and password.  
    Please note this is currently only available for GP appointments.
  • In person: between the hours of 08:00 - 18:30

 

Please can you let reception know at time of booking your appointment if you or your child may be infectious.

To enable us to be able to look after your care more effectively, and to the best of our capabilities, each of our doctors works with a buddy.  This means they work together and cover each other’s work load when one is away or not available. Working in this way helps with trying to maintain continuity of care for patients and avoids any gaps in your care.

 

Appointment System

Attached is a Appointment Flow Chart which explains the appointment system at the Medical Centre.

Saturday Consultations

These available for pre-bookable appointments only - this will allow for those who find it difficult to visit their doctor during the week to access a GP at the weekend.

 

If you cannot keep your appointment please let us know in good time so it may be given to someone else.

 Telephone calls may be recorded for quality and training purposes. As with all consultations, confidentiality will be maintained at all times. 

 

 

Texting Appointment Reminders

 

We are now able to text appointment reminders to those that have registered their mobile number with the practice.

 

When a patient books an appointment, a confirmation text will be sent to them. They will also receive a reminder text the day before the appointment.

 

We are hoping that this will reduce the number of missed appointments.  Please help us by ensuring we have your correct mobile number on our system.  You can do this by calling in at the Medical Centre or completing the consent form.

 

 
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