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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.

Healthcare in Milton Keynes

NPMC is proud to tell you about the role one of our GP Partners is playing in designing and managing healthcare across the city.  They are doing this through their position as elected board members on Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). 

How does Milton Keynes CCG commission services?

They do this through commissioning changes to local health services by working through programme boards charged to:

  • Maintain and improve quality
  • Keep tight financial control
  • Deliver on the quality & productivity challenge 
  • Give momentum for transition and reform

What is their role?

Dr Tayo Kufeji is the elected board member for Maternity and Children's services.  The plans for this area are based on the principles of delivering quality services that provide demonstrable value for money.  The focus will be on procuring services against outcome measures and benchmarking services with best practice in comparable areas.  The care pathways designed will reflect the intent to avoid admission to hospital and to provide support and advice to allow children to be cared for in the community, or close to home; advocating care that reduces interventions where appropriate, such as normalising birth and reducing unnecessary paediatric admissions.  There is a focus on prevention and providing universal, accessible services with targeted care appropriate to the needs of the individual

How can you get involved:

Patients can get involved by enquiring about our Patient Reference Group. This group helps us shape our services by answering questionnaires on our service electronically. To join please pick up a registration form from the Medical Centre or select patient participation group from the right hand menu side of the page and click on the link patient reference group.

Requirement by NHS England

NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the Practice is publicised, and the required disclosure is shown below.  However, it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the Practice.  It should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other Practice. 


The mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at Newport Pagnell Medical Centre in the last financial year was £77,743 before tax and National Insurance.  This is for 5 full time GPs, 6 part time GPs and 1 locum GP who worked in the practice for more than six months”.



Dr Asha Chandola (f)



  Surgeries held: Monday, Wednesday all day and Thursday, Friday mornings
  Dr Chandola trained at St George's Hospital Medical School in London.
  She is a Member of the Royal College of GPs and has achieved a
  Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education.

  Within the practice, she now trains qualified Doctors to become competent GPs.  She also    supervises hospital doctors who are GPs in training.  She is a prescribing lead for the practice.

Dr Tayo Kufeji (m)



  Surgeries held: Monday, Tuesday am, Thursday and Friday am
  Special interest in musculo-skeletal medicine and rheumatology.  Also
  involved in NHS commissioning.

Dr Fatima Mohri (f)


  MBBS (London) 2002, MRCS, MRCGP, B.Sc Human Genetics

  Surgeries held: Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday am Rheumatology clinic Thursday pm
  Dr Mohri has a special interest in minor operations, musculo-skeletal, 
  rheumatology and women's health.

Dr Sharon Rocque (f)

Dr_Rocque_cropped  BSc Biology MBBS, MRCGP

  Surgeries held: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with a Rheumatology clinic Thursday pm

  Dr Rocque has a special interest in Rheumatology and ENT.

Dr Amit Karia (m)


Surgeries held: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday  

MBBS (University of London 2002), MRCGP (2007), Certificate in Diabetes Care (2013)

Dr Venugopal Yuvaraj (m)

  Dr Venugopal YuvarajMB BS, DFSHRH, PCG Diabetes, MRCGP

  Surgeries held:  Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

  Dr Yuvaraj is very pleased to join the team at Newport Pagnell Medical Centre . Dr Yuvaraj has been a GP for the past 10    
  years in the UK. He has recently moved to Milton Keynes from the Peak District. Dr Yuvaraj has a special interest in   

  He is looking forward to providing an innovative and high standard of care at Newport Pagnell Medical Centre.

Dr Krishna Patel (f)

Dr Krishna Patel

Surgeries held: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday all day

MBBS (Kings College London 2007)

Dr Frances Webster (f)

Dr Frances Webster

B MedSci Honours (University of Nottingham)   BM BS   MRCGP   DRFSH

Surgeries held: Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning , Wednesday afternoon & Thursday morning.

Dr Webster is working out of the Willen Surgery. 

Dr Temi Ayorinde (f)

Dr Temi Ayorinde


  Surgeries held: Tuesday all day, Wednesday morning, Friday all day

  Dr Ayorinde received her GP training here in Milton Keynes.

  Prior to her GP training she worked as a hospital doctor in Aylesbury.

Dr Naren Gunaratna (m)



MBBS 2009 – St George’s London

Surgeries held: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

I am Naren the new registrar starting work at NPMC. I am excited to be spending my final training year at such an innovative Practice with so much to offer both its patients and trainees.  I shall do my best to deliver the high standards of patient care you have come to expect at NPMC.  I look forward to meeting you in this capacity and to working with the many experienced and dedicated colleagues.

I trained at St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London and worked more recently at Milton Keynes General University Hospital. I spend my spare time trying to convince myself to eat less and run more.

Dr Maryam Tahmasebi (f)

Dr Tahmasebi

MD (Tehran 1997).  Diploma in Dermatology, Cardiff University 2009.

Dr Tahmasebi completed her GP training in Harrogate. She has been working as a GP in Yorkshire since 2005. She recently relocated to Bedfordshire and is looking forward to working at NPMC. Her specialist interest is dermatology.

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