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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.

 

MK Health Extra

New ways to access GP Services

Milton Keynes GPs working together to improve Primary Care Services for local people

Information to help you with your hospital appointments:

Useful list for hospital appointments

More appointments at times to suit you and your family

From December 2015 patients registered with one of the 22 GP practices in the Milton Keynes Collaboration (and part of this pilot scheme), will have the added convenience of being able to see a GP, or other healthcare professional, outside of normal surgery opening hours, including evenings and weekends.

How do I get an appointment?

The same way you would normally - just contact your registered GP practice. Please ensure you give the receptionist enough information to book an appropriate appointment.

What services will be available?

You will be able to see a GP as normal for NHS care. Appointments with other Healthcare professionals are also being developed.

Where will I be seen?

Appointments will be at one of the five GP 'HUB' practices in Milton Keynes. These are:

Broughton Gate Health Centre

CMK Medical Centre

Parkside Medical Centre

The Grove Surgery

Wolverton Health Centre

We need your consent

If an appointment is available you will be asked for your consent to share your electronic medical record. This enables the clinical staff at the 'HUB' practice to view your previous records and add new information. One of the major benefits is that this new information is able to be viewed by your registered practice and ensures continuity of your care.   

Feedback  

As the pilot progresses we will be asking patinets to give feedback on the service. Your feedback will be used to help us develop the services beyond the timeframe of the pilot.

If you have any comments please email: PMCF@MKUCS.nhs.uk

The 22 Practices in the scheme are:

Bedford Street Surgery

Broughton Gate Practice

CMK Medical Centre

Cobbs Garden Surgery

Drayton Road Surgery

Fishermead Medical Centre

Hilltops Medical Centre

Newport Pagnell Medical Centre   

Parkside Medical Centre

Purbeck Health Centre

Red House Surgery

Sovereign Medical Centre

Stonedean Practice

Stony Medical Centre

The Grove Surgery

Walnut Tree Health Centre

Water Eaton Health Centre

Watling Vale Medical Centre

Westcroft Health Centre

Whaddon Medical Centre

Wolverton Health Centre

Westfield Road Surgery  

Other services

Please find below and attached information for people with a visual or hearing impairment to help them use on-line services.   The RNIB link is http://www.rnib.org.uk/onlinetoday

 Prostate Cancer Support: 01280 848329 or visit the website www.prostatemk.org 

Making the Move to Assisted Living http://www.helpguide.org/articles/senior-housing/assisted-living-facilities.htm

Moving Tips for Seniors www.yourstoragefinder.com/moving-tips-for-seniors

Senior Health Resources https://medlineplus.gov/seniorshealth.html

Nutrition Guide for the Aging and Elderly https://www.retailmenot.com/blog/nutrition-guide-for-senior-citizens.html

Boomer’s Roadmap to Aging in Place http://www.homecity.com/how-to-prepare-for-senior-years

Financial Resources for Seniors http://www.retiredbrains.com/retirement-resources

Veterans Benefits for Seniors http://www.veteransaidbenefit.org/

Legal Planning for Alzheimer's and Dementia https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/legal-planning-dementia-alzheimers

Details below are for the CMK sexual health clinics:

Sexual Health Clinic

Sexual Health Outreach Clinics - drops ins

 
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