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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”.


Specialist Nurses

Advanced Urology Nurse Practitioner

Our Advanced Urology nurse Practitioner is Lesley Thurston. Lesley is a registered nurse with a specialist interest in Urology including Uro-Oncology.

She has experience and knowledge of developing nurse led services within the hospital and developed a prostate assessment clinic at the Medical Centre in 2007 for men with lower urinary tract symptoms which may include getting up at night to pass urine, daytime frequency and urgency, or straining and hesitancy to pass water.

Advanced Diabetes Nurse Practitioner

Our Advanced Diabetes nurse Practitioner is Linda Sterry. Linda is a registered nurse with a specialist interest in Diabetes and Coronary heart disease.


She has experience and knowledge of running nurse-led services and has developed a new combined Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease clinic here at our Medical Centre. She is only available on Mondays as she currently continues to provide specialist Diabetes services for Milton Keynes General Hospital.


She is a member of Diabetes UK and is the Milton Keynes lead for Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion. She is also a nurse prescriber and has a wealth of experience in primary care, having spent many years as a practice nurse.

Practice nurse with special interest in diabetes

Jacqui Harrison is our practice nurse with a special interest in Diabetes.  She works 16 hours over three days and offers care to people with diabetes.  Jacqui also initiates and titrates insulin.


The practice nursing team are here to provide a wide range of nursing care and are available to give you advice and support you in living your life in the healthiest way possible.  The team consists of 12 experienced nurses.  They have many areas of speciality and you can make an appointment to see them through reception.
Mrs Catherine Mubaria (f)

Catherine is an experienced practice nurse with a special interest in Asthma and COPD.

Heather Huntley (f)

Specialising in caring for patients with or at risk of cardiac problems, stroke and leg ulcers. Warfarin and Immunisation clinics.

Mrs Ann Thody (f)

Practice Nurse with a special interest in contraception and immunisation Clinics.

Mrs Jacqui Harrison (f)

Jacqui is our nurse who works with people with diabetes alongside providing warfarin and treatment room clinics.

Nurse Frances Baverstock (f)

Minor Illness Nurse and Practice Nurse Team Lead with specialist interest in Respiratory Care. Nurse Independent Prescriber.

Mrs Sally Denton (f)

Experienced Practice Nurse. Provides contraception, sexual health. Care of patients on warfarin. Baby immunisation and Respiratory and Travel. 

Karen Folwell (f)

Highly qualified in womens health, and Travel and immunisation clinics.

Nurse Rachel Worsley (f)

Experienced in wound care )worked with district nurses for many years) Works in diabetic and INR Clinic. and is a smoking cessation nurse.  

Healthcare Assistants

Jenny Burgess (f)

Jenny holds the "Open University Diploma for Health Care Assistants in Primary Care Practice.”  She also assists in the family planning clinic and minor surgery clinic, Legs 11 and INR clinic.

Clare Campbell (f)

HCA with experience from secondary care. Clare holds treatment room clinics and also assists with the Rheumatology clinic on a Thursday morning. She holds a Diploma in Health & Social Care.

Beverly Phillipson (f)

Smoking Cessation Clinic. Self-employed through Milton Keynes council. Bev runs clinics at Newport Pagnell Medical Centre and NPMC@Willen.


Frances Tate (f)

Phlebotomist. Fran also supports Heather to run our INR service.

Dawn Williamson (f)


Trish Morgan (f)


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