Welcome to The Medical Group Children & Young People Web Page where you will find useful information about services the practice offers as well as other services available externally.
If you are a young person and have any suggestions on how we can improve our services for children & young people please let us know.
We have a team of friendly receptionists who will be the first people you will speak to at the surgery. All of our receptionists are helpful and will point you in the right direction of who you need to see; GP or nurse. Sometimes they might ask you what your illness or health concern is, this is not because they are being nosey – they ask this question so that you are booked an appointment with the person who can help you the most. You do not have to answer the question if you think your problem is personal or may cause embarrassment.
All medical and personal information held by the practice and its staff is confidential – this means your information will not be shared with anyone outside the surgery or other members of staff unless this is essential as part of your care.
Young Carers Charter
Are you a young carer? A young carer is a young person under 18 years of age who helps look after a family member who is disabled, physically or mentally ill or has a substance misuse problem.
We as a practice recognise young carers and believe that all young carers have the same rights as all other children and young people. We are working together with the The Bridge Young Carers Service to help young people access some facilities, services and support that is available in County Durham.
Please speak to a member of staff or a doctor if you would like more help and information about being a young carer. If you do not wish to speak to anyone, please see all information that is provided on our Young Carers notice board in our reception area.
Chaperones - bring a friend
If you feel you would like a chaperone present at your appointment, please inform the doctor or nurse who will be more than happy to arrange this for you, or you can bring a friend with you to your appointment.
Contraception & Sexual Health
If you would like contraceptive advice please book an appointment with one of our Practice Nurses. We do not offer a coil fitting/removal service or implant clinic however the Practice Nurse can provide information about these services.
Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection in both males and females. Most of the people who have this infection will have no symptoms. If you or your partner remains untreated it can cause infertility. If you are concerned about sexually transmitted infections our Practice Nurses are available to speak with and if necessary can carry out screening.
More information about chlamydia is available by visiting: www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk
Please click on the link below for useful local and national support available for children and young people with mental health issues and their carers;
Useful Mental Health Contacts
Children and Young Peoples Mental Health
The CCG thank those all of you who have already contributed to the review of the Children and Young Peoples Mental Health, Emotional Well-being and Resilience Plan that has been taking place over the past couple of months.
Following an extremely positive period of face to face conversations they have now extended the opportunity for people to feedback to us their views and experiences through the online surveys available on the links below.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
CAMHS offer a range of therapeutic services for children, young people and their families who experience emotional/mental health problems. Your GP can refer you to this service if it is felt appropriate and we advise you to make an appointment with your GP if you are suffering from mental health problems such as low mood, self harm, anxiety.
Drugs & Alcohol
FRANK is a website aimed at young people which helps you find out everything you want to know about drugs (and a lot of stuff you don't). For friendly, confidential advice, talk to FRANK.
Who to contact: Tel: 0300 123 6600 SMS: 82111 website: www.talktofrank.com
If you are suffering from a drug or alcohol problem or are thinking about taking drugs please speak to one of our practice nurses or GPs who can offer help and advice.
Bereavement and young people
Losing someone important to you is one of the hardest things to experience in life. If you're young, bereavement can be even more difficult. But support and advice are available to help you get through it.
Your teenage years can be a lot of fun, but they are also often an emotional time. If someone close to you dies, it can be incredibly hard. It can make you feel very alone, you might find that none of your friends have gone through anything similar and don’t understand or know what to say.
Your emotions after a bereavement
Grieving is a natural part of recovering from a bereavement, and everyone's experience of grief is different. There are no rules about what we should feel, and for how long. But many people find they feel a mixture of the following:
Sadness, shock (particularly if the death was unexpected), relief (if the death followed a long period of illness), anger, anxiety, helplessness, depression.
Time eventually helps these intense emotions subside, there are several things that can help you start to feel better. Looking after your health and talking to someone will help you get through this difficult time.
Finding support for bereavement
Talking about your grief is an important part of getting through bereavement.
If you've lost a family member, someone else in your family may also be good to open up to because they're likely to understand how you're feeling. A close friend can be a good listener and a source of comfort and support, even if they haven't gone through this themselves.
There are lots of other sources of advice and support available, including:
- websites and blogs – such as Hope Again, a website for young people going through a bereavement, the Winston's Wish and Child Bereavement Charity websites also offer information and advice
- helplines – such as the Cruse Bereavement young people's helpline on 0844 477 9400
- your GP – especially if you're concerned you're not coping, might be depressed, have trouble eating or sleeping.
- a teacher or tutor – you may be distracted or find it hard to concentrate at school or college for a while, so talking to a teacher you feel comfortable with can help them understand what you're going through and take a bit of pressure off you.