Information for Teenagers + Young Adults
YOUR HEALTH MATTERS!
Acne and spots - This is a common problem for teenagers and young adults which can usually be treated with products available from your pharmacy first but if this doesn’t help then please see a GP.
Diet and exercise - Our nurses and GP’s can provide you with advice and guidance on healthy eating and a sensible exercise plan. General healthy living information can also be found at www.nhs.uk/livewell/pages/topics.aspx or Google ‘Change 4 Life’
Puberty and periods - There is good information on NHS.uk website about teen health, normal development and common worries.
Smoking - If you want help and advice to stopping smoking there are local clinics that you can attend. For more information please visit www.smokefreehampshire.nhs.uk or text the word Quit to 66777
Contraception/Sexual Health - Contraception is free to all men and women of all ages. There are many different methods of contraception. If you would like to talk about this or any other sexual health issue make an appointment with a nurse or GP, you do not have to tell the receptionist why you want the appointment.
Emergency contraception is available here at the surgery, or via pharmacies and sexual health clinics free of charge. It works better the sooner you take it so don’t wait to ask for help, if there are no free appointments you may need to tell the receptionist it is urgent for that day so we can arrange to see you.
The following websites may also be useful:-
If you would prefer not to come to the surgery, contraception and sexual health checks can be arranged at various clinics in the area by visiting: https://www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk/worried-about-stis/
Free condoms can be accessed by both sexes via the surgery (please speak with a practice nurse or GP) or alternatively via https://www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk/contraception/
Chlamydia testing - Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) and can affect both men and women. Most people have no symptoms and are not aware they have it. It can affect your fertility if untreated. Testing kits can be ordered from the following website https://www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk/forms/request-kit.asp
Pregnancy - If you think you may be pregnant please make an appointment to see a GP as soon as possible. Our GPs can listen and discuss options with you.
Bullying, family and relationship problems, stress or depression – Life can be Really stressful at times, particularly during exams or if there is a lot going on at home. If this affects you it usually helps to talk to someone, either in your family or other trusted adult, at school or a GP or nurse.
There are many issues which can affect people, www.childline.org.uk and http://www.youngminds.org.uk/ provide access to information to support the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people including useful self-help. Our GPs can support you and arrange onward referral if needed. We will not share information with other people without your consent unless we think you or someone else is at serious risk of harm.
In a crisis you can call The Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or Childline on 0800 111.
A young person's guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) – This website helps any young person who wants to find out what to expect when attending child and adolescent mental health services: https://hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk/help/young-people/
Eating disorders - We can help by directing you to the appropriate support services. The website below also has useful information relating to eating disorders.
NHS UK Contraception Information - http://www.nhs.uk/worthtalkingabout/pages/sex-worth-talking-about.aspx
Relationships counselling - http://www.relate.org.uk/
Young people LGBT groups and services - https://www.hants.gov.uk/community/lgbt-alliance/lgbt-groups
Young Carers - https://hyca.org.uk/
ChatHealth SMS service
ChatHealth is a confidential text messaging service that enables children and young people (aged 11-19) to contact their local public health nursing (school nursing) team. You can get in touch for advice about any aspect of your physical or emotional health.