Our Practice has received Young Person Friendly Accreditation. This is a standard of service and accreditation granted by the Youth Association, which has been working to champion youth and youth work in society for over 100 years. Our surgery is located on one site open Monday to Friday from 8.00am – 6.30pm to give the maximum opportunity and flexibility for patients to use our service. We also offer pre-booked appointments on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings between 7.00am -8.00am for those patients who aren’t able to attend the surgery during our routine opening times.
At the practice we are trying to make it better for young people to access our service. We would like young people to feel at ease, feel they will be listened to and to feel that they can speak to the doctors in confidence.
If you have any suggestions on how we can make it better for young people please do send your suggestion through on the ‘contact us’ link on the home page. Or alternatively, join our Patient Participation Group. We would love for you to be involved in helping to shape our practice for the future.
The duty of confidentiality owed to a person under 16 is as great as the duty owed to any other person. All of our Drs, nurses, health care assistants and receptionists are bound by our confidentiality policy. This means that under 16 year olds can talk to any of our staff without parents or guardians being informed. Under certain circumstances, for example in cases of abuse, we may need to pass details onto other agencies – but we would only do this if we thought you or someone else were at risk of harm.
All of our staff will be happy to discuss any problem – and point you in the right direction of who you need an appointment with if necessary.
When you reach 16 Years of Age
In order to ensure your rights are respected the practice has a policy by which if specific access to your records have been granted by parent or guardian previously these are re-set on your 16 birthday allowing you to make an informed decision regarding your information.
C-Card (Condom Card Service)
The practice provides the C-Card service. The C-Card scheme is a free and confidential service to all young patients who are registered for the scheme. You can get free condoms from the surgery if you are aged between 13-25 years. Please go to www.wfact-ccard.org.uk for more information and how to register.
Contraception and Sexual Health
Our Doctors, Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) and Practice Nurses can all assist in you in making informed and safe decisions about sex and sexual health or you can contact Spectrum Community Services they also provide free, friendly and confidential advice via highly trained staff assisting people of all ages in making informed and safe decisions about sex and sexual health. Their aim is to reduce the rates of sexually transmitted infections and teenage pregnancies in the Wakefield area.
The Closest local clinic:
Spectrum Sexual Health
Trinity Walk Clinic
Trinity Walk Shopping Centre
Tel: 0800 1214860
Mon,Wed & Thu: Walk in Clinic 8.15am - 12pm Appointments only 2pm - 7pm
Tue: Walk in Clinic 8.15am - 12pm Walk in / Youth advice 3.30pm - 6.00pm
Fri: Walk-in Clinic 8.15am - 12pm Appointments only 2pm - 4.30pm
Sat: Appointments Only 9am - 12pm
Mental Health and Support
Kooth is a free online service that will offer emotional and mental health support for children and young people. When you sign in you can choose an Avatar and this helps keeps you safe and anonymous. When you sign in you can have a ‘drop-in chat’ with a counsellor or therapist, or you can book a one-to-one session.
The counsellors and therapists are available 365 days a year up until 10pm. You can also chat to other young people anonymously on the forums whenever you wish.
When you sign up for Kooth this means you can have access to the online magazine and you maybe even be able to write an article for them.
Who is it suitable for?
Kooth is suitable for any children or young people aged 11-19 (25 in some areas). It can help with lots of different including:-
- Family Problems
- Eating Disorders
- Anxiety and Depression
How Do I access it?
If you would like to sign up with Kooth then go to www.kooth.com – you will be asked to enter a user name and password. Once in select the drop down box to see if you have access to Kooth in your area.
If it is available in your area you will need to enter information about yourself. No other young people will be able to see this you so that you can stay safe and anonymous.
Will I have to pay?
No this is free service but at the moment it is only available in certain areas.
Young People’s Drug & Alcohol Service
If you are under 18 and are having problems with drugs or alcohol you can access free and confidential advice from this service. They will not judge you or tell you what to do but they will be there to help you make changes if you wish.
To access this service you can telephone them on 01924 371579 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org or on www.changegrowlive.org
If you are having problems or concerns about Relationship Abuse or Sexting you can now access a web site that will provide you with information that may help you. The web address is www.disrespectnobody.co.uk