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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.

New Patient Registration

The doctors welcome new patients who live within our practice area:

Postcode MK16

Redhouse Park

Oakridge Park

Giffard Park

Blakelands

Bolbeck Park

Great Linford

Pennylands

Downhead Park

Neath Hill

Downs Barn

Willen

Willen Park

Broughton

Woolstone

Oakgrove

Middleton

Brooklands

Springfield

 

As it often takes sometime for records to be forwarded from your former practice all newly registered patients will be asked to complete a health questionnaire and are offered a consultation with the doctor.

On registering, all new patients will need to undergo a medication review with the new GP. Only those medications or treatments deemed necessary for the health of the patient and which comply to the latest pharmaceutical advice will continue to be prescribed/provided by doctors at this Practice.  Any treatments from other agencies from home or abroad will also need to be reviewed.

Medical treatment is available from the date of registration. 

Newly registered patients are also able to have a health check with a health care assistant, practice nurse or GP within six months of registration if required.

Please contact reception for further information.

 

Registering

New Patients

All new patients registering with the Practice are asked to complete a GMS1 form http://www.nhs.uk/servicedirectories/Documents/GMS1.pdf at the surgery.

All new patients registering at the surgery are asked to bring their medical card or NHS number or name and address of previous doctor.

Registration takes place everyday, it tends to be busier in the morning so if you can avoid this time then please do.

Persons aged 16 years and over will need the following documentation:

  • Your current medical card (if available), or NHS Number
  • Photographic proof of identity (eg passport, driving licence or immigration papers)
  • Proof of current address (eg utility bill or bank statement)
  • Under 16's - birth certificate, red baby book, NHS card/number

Approval will take up to 8 working days.

If you are taking medication, it is essential that you see a doctor to set up your repeat medications.

Moving Surgeries

You may request to register with the practice by completing the patient registration form. We will then post your Registration Form which needs to be completed by you and returned to us before you can be seen by a Doctor at the Surgery.  Alternatively, you can complete the GMS1 form. 

Once we have received your form we can process this within one working day. 

Forms and information you may require along with the GMS1 form

 Registration_patient_questionnaire-over14yrs_2014_updated_April_2014.doc

Patients from Overseas

https://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/aboutnhsservices/doctors/documents/using-the-nhs-information-for-visitors-from-abroad.pdf

 

 

 
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