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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.

Patient Participation Group (PPG)

We are looking to make our PPG group as diverse and representative as possible of patients in the Medical Centre.

Your PPG will be made up of a diverse group of patients ranging in age from sixth form students, parents with young children, through to retired people with a lifetime of experience in business and professions.

We also include people with a wide range of medical conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes and heart problems, as well as the blind and severely disabled. Of course we have members with no health problems at all.

As such we feel we represent a true voice of the patients of NPMC and NPMC@ Willen.

We are here to provide a means for patients to make suggestions about the practice and to provide a two-way communication system between patients and the staff within the practice.  We act as a representative group that can be called upon to influence the local provision of health and social care.

  • We will keep you, the patients of NPMC, informed of up and coming improvements within the practice. 
  • We will carry out surveys from time to time into a whole variety of subjects e.g. measuring patient satisfaction, health needs and experiences.
  • We will be exploring the changing needs of the patients and provide feedback to the practice of any changes you would like to see.
  • We also need your help.  We need to know what your health and social care concerns are so that we can pass these on to the people within the practice who need to know.

Address:
The PPG
Newport Pagnell Medical Centre
Queens Avenue
Newport Pagnell
MK16 8QT

 
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