If you are generally healthy and suffering from cold / flu / sickness please call 111 or use 111 Online. Please do not come into the surgery. This will help minimise the spread of viruses.
Our services and the NHS are under high demand. We ask that patients try self care if they can. On this page you can find information on managing minor illnesses, mental health and long term conditions.
There are a range of information sources and professionals that can support you.
Your local Pharmacist is highly skilled on medicines and self care. They can advise on minor illnesses, long term conditions and healthy living.
NHS 111 offers medical advice for emergency and non emergency situations. Call 111 or visit https://111.nhs.uk/
NHS online offers a range of advice regarding conditions, advice for living well and care and support services.
Self Care at Home
We all get ill from time to time so keep your medicine cabinet stocked with essentials like pain killers, antihistamines, cold and flu remedies, anti-diarrhoea and indigestion medicine. If you have children, make sure you’ve got the right medicines according to their age. Before booking a minor illness appointment, please speak to your local pharmacist and try self care first. The NHS website also offers advice on various conditions and when you should seek further help.
Good mental health is about feeling well in your own mind. Good mental health and resilience are fundamental to our physical health, our relationships, our education, our training, and our work and to achieving our potential. MK Council website has a page dedicated to mental health & wellbeing.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing activities are simple actions people can do in their everyday lives that can improve emotional health. All five of these suggestions are free, easily achievable and applicable to everyone’s life regardless of their circumstances. Many of us will already be doing some of the ‘5 ways’ some of the time without even being aware of it. Even small things can enhance wellbeing: whether it’s getting out and about, doing a good deed, or learning to do something new.
Mental Health Crisis Café
If you or someone you know needs urgent or crisis support with their mental health, Mind BLMK is here for you. Our Crisis Café will be operating remotely seven days a week, between 5pm – 11pm and can be contacted during these times via telephone on 01525 722 225.
If after the phone call it is decided that a face-to-face session would work best for you, this may be offered by one of our trained mental health workers.
Support services for children and young people
Great online resources for children and young people. This information has been compiled with the help of Community Action: MK's Young People's Multi-Agency Support Group. https://tinyurl.com/yaopp4v9
Service Six has been granted some additional funding to provide online support to children, young people and parents during this crisis period. Service Six are a listening ear to support children and young people across Milton Keynes and guidance for parents on supporting their children with anxiety and worries. Support can be by telephone, WhatsApp or Zoom calls. The following link will take you to the referral form to complete. Self Care - Self Referral Referral Form.pdf
Resources and phone apps to maintain mental wellbeing during Covid-19 and beyond.
Mental wellbeing resources
Smile:)MK is a programme of courses delivered by Adult Education (part of Community Learning MK) aimed at supporting adults aged 19 and above with mild to moderate depression, anxiety and/or sleep difficulties by providing access to various learning activities.
Hub of Hope
Please click on the link below to access Hub of Hope - Mental Health support and wellbeing services in our area .
Hub Of Hope
The service offers social, emotional and practical help to people who might be feeling lonely or anxious. Are you spending too much time on your own or maybe feeling a bit low because you struggle with some of life's daily challenges?
If you could use a bit of help to improve your everyday living this service has a friendly team of experienced staff ready to listen, talk things through and help you with any worries you may have.
How does it work?
You can also contact the scheme directly, for yourself or on behalf of someone else if you have their permission, by calling 01908 973720 or text 07849 083 222.
Community led initiatives an organisation which provides a peer mentoring service to individuals who are in recovery. Through mentoring and group access they provide practical support and constructive activities to help people make positive lifestyle changes and work towards a positive and independent lifestyle beyond addiction.
For more information please follow this link https://www.communityled.org.uk/
Support , Advice, Mentoring and advocacy Service
You can self-refer for assessment with a physiotherapist. This is an NHS service provided by Connect Health in Milton Keynes. Further information, including a patient guide, can be found on this link.
Connect Health self-referral
Family Weight Management
Family weight Management self referral sessions
Dehydration can cause a variety of problems. This leaflet contains advice to help recognise when you are dehydrated and what you can do about it.
If you have a long term condition there is lots of support available to help you manage your condition. Further information is contained in the leaflet below.
Support for long term conditions
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RNIB Talk and Support Groups
These groups have been established so that people with sight loss can meet regularly by telephone for a chat and exchange of ideas. A volunteer is also present during the call to facilitate. Groups are made up of six people and members of the groups are matched carefully to ensure people in the group are not counselling groups.
To join, contact RNIB Helpline Tel No. 0303 123 9999 and ask to speak to a member of the talk & Support Team.
COVID -19 Urgent Eyecare Service (CUES)
This service is provided by local optical practices via the optometry federation, Primary Eyecare Services Ltd (PES). It is for all patients registered with a Milton Keynes CCG GP practice.
The aim of the Covid-19 Urgent Eyecare Service (CUES) is to ensure people can access urgent eye care within primary care during the coronavirus pandemic. Presenting symptoms will typically include a red or painful eye, foreign body, sudden changes in vision, or flashes and floaters. People with any of the following symptoms should go directly to the emergency eye service at the hospital: - Chemical or penetrating injury - Severe pain - Sudden complete loss of vision in last few hours.
Patients will be able to contact the single point of access on 0333 015 1844 from 8am to 8pm or see the list of accredited optical practices currently providing the service at www.primaryeyecare.co.uk using the ‘Find a practice’ tool.
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