At Binscombe we offer the full range of GP services to young people. As well as all the usual illnesses that you might want to see us about, this includes things like contraception advice, advice about diet and food issues, and a chance to talk to someone if you are finding things tough at the moment.
Do I have to bring an adult with me to see the doctor?
No you don't. If you are under 16 it is usually best to come with an adult, but we are happy to see young people on their own if you would prefer that.
Sometimes if you come with an adult we might ask them to wait outside for part of the appointment so you have a chance to talk without them there.
What about confidentiality?
Like all doctors, we treat this very seriously at Binscombe and anything you say to the doctor is strictly between you and will not be passed on to your parents. This includes things like smoking, drinking and sexual issues. The only, very rare exception to this would be if we felt that either your life, or the life of another person, was seriously in danger if we did not tell someone. This is the same as for adults.
Can I go anywhere else for health or contraception advice?
Yes. There are other clinics which are freely available for young people and where you can go without your doctor being involved at all. These clinics are for Family Planning (contraception) and Sexual Health (advice concerning sexually transmitted diseases. Follow the links below for more details:
Surrey Youth Counselling Service - you can self refer if you want to talk to someone
Youth Counselling at the YMCA - again you can refer yourself
Catch 22 - helping young people in tough situations
Care Confidential - for advice if you are pregnant and don't know what to do
CYP Haven - a safe place in Guildford to go if you are upset
Sexual Assault Referral Centre - advice for victims of sexual violence
Skillway - practical help and training for young people aged 12-17
Young carers - local support for anyone under 18 who is looking after someone who is sick