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Pressure sores, really?  I’m only 46, surely I don’t require a pressure cushion that has been designed with the objective of reducing pressure sores and pain?  Then I started to work from home during lockdown and day after day became increasingly uncomfortable sitting at my desk.  Like many people, I have found the answer to my daily pain with a pressure cushion.

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You’re heading to an NHS hospital. You’ve been referred by your GP. You’ve been asked to report to the BDU department at 10.30 a.m. for a DXA. The GP did recite what these terms are and mean, but it’s been forgotten amidst the fact that you’re a bit nervous about going to hospital.  

We’ve all been in this situation. We have an NHS hospital appointment ahead of us, but we aren’t exactly sure who we’ll be seeing and what they will do to us. How do we begin to overcome this  feeling of nervous confusion?

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When most of us think of our NHS, we tend to split our thoughts into two areas: Hospitals and General Practice.  We go to our GP and then we are referred to a hospital if the problem is complex.  

Well, there is a major part of the NHS which lies in-between and is becoming increasing prevalent in our care.  These are NHS Community Services.  They support us from birth through to death. This will be the focus of this week’s Self Care Blog. Learn how NHS Community Services are becoming even more vital to your own health.

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Here at Self Care, we continue with our knowledge quest to increase our understanding of how the NHS works in order to make better judgements about our own health care moving forwards.  This week we are discussing the structure of the NHS, with an aim of understanding our new NHS, how the NHS Long Term Plan is changing how the NHS is organised for us, and running through the different stages of care in this new world.  

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The aim of our topic for today is to understand the money flow through our NHS, to gain an insight into why the care we receive is provided in the way we receive it.  We want to have a base knowledge of how our NHS works for us so that in future Self Care blogs we can discuss how we can navigate and benefit from it better.  We’ll also introduce you to the NHS Long Term Plan so you can start to see what the future NHS may look like.

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