On your 16th Birthday you can expect to receive a birthday card from us alongside an invitation to an appointment with either Tracey (Nurse Practitioner) to have a young person’s health review. This involves any immunisations you might not be up-to-date with and an opportunity to discuss any health concerns you might have, including diet, exercise, sexual health and your mental health too. From the age of 16 everything is confidential that is discussed between yourself and a healthcare professional.
Heading off to university or have children starting university?
Whether you’re a fresher or heading into your final year, or a parent of a university student, we have a few basic health care tips for students.
1. Get the ACWY vaccine – it protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W and Y. Ask your GP practice for the vaccine.
2. Register with a GP when you get to university. You never know when you might need medical help. If you take any regular medicines that are only available on prescription, for example the contraceptive pill, make sure you have enough to last the term or until you can register with a doctor close the university.
3. Take a first aid kit with you. It might not be the most exciting thing to pack but a first aid kit with plasters, painkillers, treat for upset stomachs, thermometer, tweezers, insect bite cream or spray and antiseptic cream is a good start.
You can also ring us (01480 860770) or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know your mobile number, this means we can now text you any appointment details and contact you directly.
It’s also helpful if we can have your permission to email you. We can send you reminders for any reviews you may need and send you a copy of our newsletter so you can keep up-to-date with any changes within the practice (opening times, new staff etc.).
There’s lots of information and advice online for people aged between 16-25 for all aspects of your health, but to make it a bit easier we have narrowed down some websites and organisations which you may find helpful:
- NHS 111 www.cpft.nhs.uk/about-us/mental-health-crisis Most people are aware that calling by NHS 111 you can get immediate professional healthcare advice and help 24/7 everyday of the year.
- There is now a new additional service offered by pressing Option 2 when calling 111 which puts you through to specially trained mental health professional who will listen to your concerns and help get the support you need.
- NHS Choices www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Sexandyoungpeople this specific page on NHS Choices provides links to lots of Q&A sections answering concerns that many younger people may have about their sexual health as well as short videos on various topics.
- NHS Choices www.nhs.uk/livewell this is a more general page on the NHS Choices website with lots of links to pages including, alcohol limit levels, healthy eating and even remedies if you’re feeling bloated.
- Childline www.childline.org.uk A national organisation that is a source of huge amounts of support and information on a variety of topics from eating disorders to online bullying to problems sleeping.
- YMCA www.theymca.org.uk a charity that works with young people and families to build better futures, they also offer a counselling service.
- Babble www.babble.carers.org A space where those aged under 18 who are caring for a family member or friend can chat, share experiences and access information or advice.
- iCaSH www.icash.nhs.uk based in Cambridgeshire, with centres in various locations across the county, they can provide advice on contraception (including emergency contraception) and STI screening services as well as having an option on their website to order a self-test kit to check for certain STIs.
- Centre 33 www.centre33.org.uk an organisation also based in Cambridgeshire that provides free and confidential advice on a number of topics including: counselling support available, information for young carers and sexual health.
- Headmeds www.headmeds.org.uk provides lots of information about what’s in different medications and facts about what they’re used for.
- Youthoria www.youthoria.org this website is mainly aimed at 11-19 year olds, providing information on careers, exam stress and online bullying.
- Keep Your Head www.keep-your-head.com/CP-MHS offers advice on who can help you in difficult situations as well as advice on stress, bullying, self-harm and what to do in a mental health crisis. The website also has a page with some helpful mental health apps for you to download.
- Kooth www.kooth.com free online counselling for people aged between 11 and 24 years available every day of the year to listen and help you.
- Help is at Hand - a leaflet to support you after someone may have died by suicide.
Help it at Hand
What we offer at The Surgery:
You can make an appointment either over the phone or online. To sign up to online access just come in with some photographic ID (passport, driving licence, provisional driving licence, student card) and we can get you signed up in minutes. This will allow you to log in from your phone or computer to make an appointment, order repeat medication or to view any results of any tests you may have had done.
You can make an appointment to come in for absolutely any health concern you may have, including:
- Mental health support, feeling down or anxious?
- Skin concerns (acne, eczema, rashes)
- If you are tired all the time or having dizzy spells
- Advice on quitting smoking
Not sure if you want to come in for an appointment? We also have a doctor on the phone every morning (Monday-Friday) between 8-10am who you can have a chat with about any concerns you might have about your wellbeing.