Confidentiality : When you consult the doctor, it is an entirely private matter between you and them, and , although if you are under 16 you will be encouraged to discuss your health care with your parents, it will be your choice to do . The doctor will not talk to anybody else about you, unless you want them too or if you are at severe risk e.g. abuse
Appointment : We appreciate it may be difficult to get an appointment at a convenient time such as after school or college… if you explain this to the receptionist then we will try to fit you in to see the doctor or nurse. Alternatively could ask for the doctor to ring or text you, or ask for an e- mail conversation. We are happy to see you whether you are registered with out practice or not (you will have to join as a temporary patient)
We can offer you help and advise on all medical matters, as well as sexual health and contraception, and more personal issues like anxiety, grief, depression, self harm , alcohol and drug abuse.
Listed below are some simple direction and recommended web pages and phone numbers relating to certain problems:
CONTRACEPTION: available from the surgery and Yeatman Hospital Sexual Health clinic MONDAY 6-7.30pm ( ring 01300 3031948 for an appointment or just turn up ).
This can be obtained from the surgery, or Minor Injuries unit of the Yeatman Hospital ( Opening Times Here ), or local pharmacies.
The surgery can advise, and perform simple tests ( eg Chlamydia screening). For full screening there is a GUM (genitor-urinary medicine) clinic at ;
The Yeatman Hospital Monday 6-7.70pm.. open access or by appointment 01300 3031948
Yeovil Hospital 01935 384382 or https://www.drthom.com/sexual_health_clinic/South+West/Yeovil
Excellent contraception and sexual health advise from
If you are concerned about substance abuse then talk in confidence to your doctor.
http://www.talktofrank.com/ 0800 776600
Your GP can help you with this or you can go directly to The Abbey Pharmacy, in Sherborne (http://www.theabbeypharmacy.com/ ) for smoke stop advise and the provision of quitting aids like nicotine replacement.
DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, DISTRESS AND MENTAL ILLNESS, SELF HARM:
Links to the local adolescent teams and excellent advice at;
or Royal College of Psychiatry http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinfo/youngpeople.aspx
The practice nurses offer full advise about travel and can provide vaccination and malaria prophylaxis.
Take a look at our travel pages here or
BBC HEALTH PAGES:
Being a parent of a teenager may not be easy. These 2 website may give advise and support: