All appointments are confidential and we appreciate that for young people living in a small community this is extremely important. We would only consider passing on information if it was felt you were in danger of being harmed, and would always tell you if this was going to happen. Sometimes you might find it difficult to get to the surgery because of school hours, please let us know and we will try and fit you in.
- All consultations are confidential from family, friends and school.
- If you need any confidential advice about health issues please make an appointment or telephone us at the surgery.
- If you would like an appointment, but would prefer not to sit in the waiting room, then let us know and we will try and arrange this for you.
- We have both male and female doctors for you to choose from.
- You can consult with a doctor from 14 years old unaccompanied.
- We have a Chaparone Policy in the practice which means that you could have a trained member of staff with you in your consultation at yours or the doctors request.
- All Prescriptions are free
Same day help for your poorly child If your child has become unwell in the last few days and you would like urgent advice then please contact the surgery and we will arrange for a clinician to speak to you and if necessary to see your child, today – this could save you an unnecessary trip to A+E or a Walk-in Centre.
Can we also make you aware of the Little Orange Book (for under 5yrs), which provides expert help for parents and carers on how to manage common problems in babies and small children – ask your GP for a copy, or view it online. here
We offer a postal screening service for chlamydia and gonorrhoea for patients under the age of 25 years, you can pick up a postal pack at reception or during your consultation with the doctor or nurse. For patients older than 25, please book an appointment with the doctor.
Drug and Alcohol Related Problems
If you or a friend need help with drug and alcohol related difficulties there are agencies that can help:
- Gateshead Platform is a young person’s drug web portal that focuses on allowing young people up to the age of 18 to make an informed choice about their lifestyle and seek help regarding substance and alcohol use. Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9am to 4:30pm Saturday and Sunday Closed 0191 4601354
Wellbeinginfo.org is an excellent website with local information and helpful websites.
Are you a young person and worried about your mental health?
Sometimes it can feel like we don’t have any control over what we think or how we feel. But by making simple changes to our lives, we can make a real difference to our mental health. Feeling good is worth investing in and the best thing is that these simple tips won’t cost you much time or money. For information on how you can improve your mental health and general wellbeing go to: www.youngminds.org.uk
Papyrus – Prevention of Young Suicide
Suicide is the leading cause of young deaths in the UK. Papyrus believe that many young suicides can be prevented.
Need support? Call their helpline: 0800 068 4141 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Text: 07786 209697
Preventing suicide in young males The Campaign Against Living Miserably, or CALM, is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK.
Call: 0800 585858 (7 days a week, 5pm until midnight) Textline: 07537 404717
Click here to enter the Calmzone
Telephone numbers and web pages you might find useful:
- SORTED-A confidential substance misuse service (under 18’s) Tel: 01670 500150 or 0800 6335872
- G.U.M. Clinic (Genito-Urinary Medicine Clinic) and sexual Health Service – Trinity Square Health Centre, Gateshead, (0191) 478 3678
- Childline 0800 11 11
- Clinic information – Sexual Health
Website that you might find useful:
- www.talktofrank.com – National Drugs and information services
- www.achance2talk.com – NSPCC site for young people
- www.youthhealthtalk.co.uk – Health topics website for young people
- www.talkchoice.co.uk – Contraceptive advice