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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.

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Why is General Practice facing a crisis?

Please read latest news for more information

You will have heard a lot recently on television and in the press about the ‘crisis’ in General Practice. How has this situation come about? We have tried to summarise the main points, as we see them, in a few bullet points

  • Across the country almost 11% of patients are unable to get an appointment within two weeks. In the NPMC we are currently short of 22 GP sessions, and 10 in our planning for Willen.

  • We are doing what we can to improve things, but we would like you to appreciate the reasons behind this situation.

  • Doctor workload has increased by 20% over the past seven years and is still rising. The average person sees the doctor six times a year –twice as often as a decade ago. Yet in spite of this rising workload, the budget for general practice is decreasing.

  • Our surgery only gets £75.77 funding for each patient’s care for the whole year, and once a patient has visited us twice during a year, that funding has been exhausted.

  • Doctors are often carrying out over sixty patient consultations a day (plus paperwork and home visits to frail elderly and terminally ill patients - in NPMC these amounted to more than 1100 last year).

  • A recent survey found that 6 out of 10 GPs are considering early retirement. Many doctors are leaving the NHS; medical students and doctors in training don’t want to become GPs. In NPMC, we have lost two doctors recently, and are struggling to recruit.

  • In spite of all this, we believe that the NHS remains one of the best health care systems in the world. In NPMC, our GPs had over 36,000 consultations last year, and the total number of consultations provided by all our staff exceeded 63,000.

  • We are doing what we can to overcome the crisis, but we need our patients’ support at this very difficult time.

Why is General Practice in crisis?

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