Health information for young people
Everyone is entitled to confidentiality regardless of age. You can talk to a nurse or doctor in confidence; we are not allowed to tell. If you are under 16 we will still keep your information confidential. However, we would encourage you to discuss your problems and treatment with your parents/ guardian. We follow clear guidelines. We can still treat you if you choose not to discuss things with your parents/ guardian.
The only reason why we might have to consider passing on confidential information without your permission would be to protect you or someone else from serious harm. We would always try and discuss this with you first.
If you have any worries about confidentiality, please feel free to ask a member of staff.
Booking an appointment
You call the surgery whenever the phone lines are open from 08:30 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 18:00. If you are requesting to book an appointment to see the doctor the receptionist will take your phone number and any special instructions about when you can be contacted. The receptionist may ask you for the reason for your call. This is so we can prioritise the most serious problems first. If you do not want to say, just say "it's personal".
You will be able to book appointments on line in the near future.
If you need to see a doctor or nurse you can choose who you see when you make an appointment. You might feel more comfortable talking to a female doctor or nurse practitioner if you're a girl or a male doctor if you're a boy. You don't have to come with an adult and you might want to bring a friend with you.
Services we offer:
Advice and treatment on:
Healthy Eating Skincare Stopping smoking Drugs and alcohol
Worries and anxieties Contraception & sexual health
Relationships Pregnancy Any other health issues
We are offering chlamydia testing to all our patients under 25.
The test is very simple. You will be asked to provide a self-taken vaginal swab for women or a 'pee in a pot' urine test for men. There will be no need to be examined!
Don't be concerned if we offer it to you, we are offering it to everyone under 25!
There is a national campaign to immunise young women against HPV. Human Papilloma Virus has been linked to cervical cancer. Some girls are being immunised at school. If you have not yet started a course, please contact our Practice Nurse to discuss things.
There is a lot of information on the internet and these are a few helpful websites:
Live Well - Health tools - NHS Choices
Introduction to teenage health articles and videos including sexual health, stop smoking advice, bullying and healthy eating.
NHS Choices - Video walls
From eating disorders and sexual health to bullying and conflict at school, these real-life accounts provide insight and advice for teenagers, teachers and parents.