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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.

 

When We Are Closed

If you have a medical problem when we are closed which cannot wait until the surgery re-opens please call 111.  This is a free phone service.  

Alternatively go to Broughton Gate “Walk-In Centre” at

Glyn Valley Place
Broughton
tel: 01908 874444
open 08.00 – 20.00 seven days a week.

YOU WILL NEED TO CALL THEM FIRST AS THEY WORK ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS AND THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL BE SEEN.   

A map showing the the location of Broughton Gate Walk in Centre is attached..

Alternatively you can visit the 24 Hour Urgent Care Centre at

Milton Keynes Hospital

Standing Way

Eaglestone

Milton Keynes

MK6 5NG

Tel: 01908 303030

Open 24 hours every day.
To avoid an unnecessary journey, call 111 when your surgery is closed as we may be able to save you a visit
.

 

Please do not ask to see a doctor out of hours unless you genuinely cannot wait until the surgery re-opens.


Call 999 in an emergency. Chest pains and / or shortness of breath constitute an emergency.

 

 
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