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Expert Patients Programme

We are pleased to announce that we will be running an Expert Patient Programme for patients living with Long Term Conditions in January 2017.  To find out more about the programme and the introductory / briefing session, please continue reading.

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PLEASE NOTE THE EXPERT PATIENT PROGRAMME IS NOW FULL.  WE ARE HOPING TO RUN FURTHER SESSIONS IN THE FUTURE.

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T: 01706 646234

E: hmrccg.stonefieldstreetsurgery@nhs.net

A:Stonefield Street Surgery, 21 Stonefield Street, Milnrow, OL16 4JQ

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Or you can just pop into the surgery and speak to a receptionist

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Living Well with a Long-Term Condition

The National self-management, Expert Patients Programme is designed to support people living with long-term conditions to better manage the symptoms their condition brings on a day to day basis whilst developing an effective partnership with their health care team.

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By symptoms we mean, pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, lack of sleep, low mood, stress, tension, anxiety and difficult emotions - things like frustration, anger, fear for the future, unhappy feelings – is this only happening to me!

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The programme is divided into 6 weekly, 2½ hour sessions.  Weekly topics cover a number of health related topics that we encourage you to participate in, this includes setting weekly plans.   We explain what topics we cover on the very first week.

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Many people tell us how beneficial the programme has been for them and some even go on to train to deliver the programme in their own time.

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Debra, a patient at Stonefield Street Surgery said, “prior to attending the programme I was fed up, in almost constant pain and felt like a victim of a dodgy heart and arthritis.  The programme helped me to understand that I was pushing myself too hard which left me feeling exhausted and in pain – I was full of ‘yes buts’.   I soon realised that I needed to start small and progress gradually; I used the weekly planning and problem solving to help me to do this.  Over the 7 weeks my mobility and general fitness improved markedly.  My anxiety levels and the pain I had been suffering reduced significantly resulting in the elimination of non-routine visits to my GP and A&E.  I feel so much better and much more confident in being able to manage my condition now and being in charge of my own exercise routine and enjoying it.  The programme benefited me so much that I now volunteer with the service as a tutor”.

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For more information, please click the following link to download an Expert Patient Programme information leaflet.

Expert Patient Programme Information leaflet

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Frequently asked questions:

Q. Who  can benefit from this programme?

A. Anybody living with a long term condition can benefit from this programme

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Q. Where will the sessions be held, how long will they last and how frequently will they be run? 

A. Sessions will be held at Milnrow Working Mens Club. There will be 6 weekly sessions lasting 2.5 hours. The first session will commence 25th January 2017 and the programme will conclude  01 March 2017. 



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