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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.

Doctors Lists

It may be helpful to understand: 

In general, your usual doctor will manage your day to day medical needs including prescriptions, administration, paperwork and test results.

In certain cases you may be seeing a different doctor for a specific reason and normally that doctor will manage that condition and any tests or prescriptions or referrals associated with it. Overall you will still be regarded as a patient of your usual doctor for everything else.

We do recognise that some patients prefer to see a specific doctor for certain kinds of condition, and there is no restriction on patients booking to see that doctor to discuss that condition. This does not change your status with your usual doctor by doing this.

In general we do not encourage patients to make appointments to discuss changing their doctor, as this is best carried out by the administration department – please speak to a Team Leader if you have this in mind.

Thank you

Caroline Rollings
Managing Partner

 
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