The Practice is currently undertaking work to achieve the “Young Person Friendly Accreditation”.
Getting to Our Surgeries
Most of you will live with-in walking distance to one of our sites however you are free to use any branch. All of our surgeries are close to bus links, timetables can be found at www.wymetro.com
C-Card (Condom Service)
The practice does not currently offer this service, however, we are in the process of reviewing procedures and it is expected that this will be adopted by ourselves. 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 old and we will not tell anyone that you have accessed this service.
Contraception and Sexual Health
The Contraception and Sexual Health service provided by Spectrum is free, friendly and confidential. Spectrum’s highly trained staff assists 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. For more information, follow this link Your Pathway to Contraception and Sexual Health
To make an appointment or for more information, phone 01924 327586. Local clinics are held at the Castleford Health Centre, Welbeck Street, at the following times:-
Monday 14.30 – 17.00 (this is a youth advice drop-in session)
Tuesday 17.30 – 20.00
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:-
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
The duty of confidentiality owed to a person under 16 is as great as the duty owed to any other person. We inform young people about the practice's confidentiality policy with posters and leaflet in the surgery and we have included a section on 'Confidentiality and Young People' in our practice leaflet.
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
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 ‘comments and suggestions’ link on the home page. Or alternatively, join our Patient Group, we would love for you to be involved in help shape our practice for the future.