We welcome young people and try to make our services as young people friendly as possible. We have appointments outside school/college hours, including Monday evenings until 8.00. We are located in Paignton town centre, very close to the bus and train stations. For further information on our surgery and a map of our location click here.
You can be sure that anything you discuss with any member of this practice – family doctor, nurse or receptionist – will stay confidential.
Even if you are under 16, nothing will be said to anyone, including parents, other family members, care workers or tutors, without your permission. 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 are being treated elsewhere, for example at a hospital or Brook Centre, it is best if you allow the doctor or nurse to inform the practice of any treatment you are receiving.
If you have any worries about confidentiality, please feel free to ask a member of staff.
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 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.
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There is a lot of information on the internet and these are a few helpful websites:
Have a look at www.teenagehealthfreak.org for information on just about anything.
Torbay Care Trust also has a website especially for young people at www.torbay.gov.uk/tscb This covers issues such as family problems, abuse, bullying, drugs & Alcohol, etc. Another helpful site is www.teenspirit.org.uk
www.talktofrank.com gives information on drug use, including cannabis, and their effects on your health both mental and physical.
There is also a good website on eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and overeating at www.b-eat.co.uk
All of these sites give good information, but you can also come and see your doctor for advice and understanding.
There are some services you can refer yourself to, such as:
Chlamydia Testing: If you are, or have been, sexually active, you can do a simple test by post. Pick up a test pack from the front entrance of the surgery and follow the instructions for doing the test and sending off.
Checkpoint can help with relationship problems, housing if you are (or are about to be) homeless, drug & alcohol, etc. Call them on 01803 200100 or go to their drop-in centre at 7 Victoria Road, Ellacombe, Torquay TQ1 1HU, or visit their website at http://www.torbay.gov.uk/checkpoint. Whatever your problem, Checkpoint will know someone who can help.
Smoking: Don't start! If you already have started smoking and find it hard to stop there is help available. Either make a stop smoking appointment at the surgery or call Torbay Stop Smoking Service on 0300 456 1006 (local rate)