Self Care Week
Patients, nurses and student nurses from Manchester Metropolitan University teamed up with Haughton Thornley Patient Participation Group at Morrisons at the start of Self Care Week 2015 to meet with other members of the public and learn more about Self Care.
Listen to Jacqui Gladwin, Senior Lecturer in the Nursing Department at Manchester Metropolitan University and Ingrid Brindle, chair of Haughton Thornley Patient Participation Group introduce what Self Care Week is all about.
See Dr Hannan get his blood pressure checked as part of Self Care Week by a student nurse. Leaflets were given out encouraging patients and the public to sign up and do a health pledge
Listen to trainee nurses talk about what happened on the first day, the discussions that they had and how they were able to help people gain a better understanding of how to self care more.
PC Nicola Cochrane joins in for Self Care Week, having her blood pressure checked with the team from Manchester Metropolitan University Nursing Department and Haughton Thornley Medical Centres Patient Participation Group.
Some of the key messages / stories we learned. We are sharing these so that others may learn
- One person was found to have very high blood pressure and was advised to see their doctor urgently. They had stopped taking their antihypertensive medication and not realised their blood pressure had gone so high as a result! It is important to take your medication regularly and if you are having problems then remember you can always have a chat with your pharmacist, practice nurse or doctor. We are here to help you be the best!
- Many elderly people who have been seeing their nurse or doctor seemed to have a good understanding of what they should and should not eat (also evidenced by what they had in their trolleys too!)
- Students were surprised at the lack of knowledge / understanding of younger people about how to look after their own health
- Student nurses felt they had more time to explore with the patients their health beliefs and also be able to counsel them on how to adopt better health seeking behaviours
Click on the links below to find out more about things you can do to self care
to watch what happened at Clarendon Shopping Centre on the final day and learn about Health Pledge, My Medication Passport and what the Haughton Thornley Patient Participation Group did