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Teen Advice

Did You Know?

  • At thirteen years of age you can make an appointment at the surgery and see a doctor or nurse in confidence to discuss any problems or to ask advice
  • You do not have to tell the Receptionist what the appointment is for
  • The information given to the doctor or nurse is confidential and cannot be disclosed without your consent
  • Condoms can be given to teenagers ask the surgery for advice
  • The surgery provide contraceptive advice including the morning after pill

The surgery team are here to listen to you. They do not tell you what to do, they assist you to get better if you are ill and explain clearly anything else that concerns you.


The saying 'are you getting enough' goes for eating too. A good diet is very important especially breakfast. See the 'Eat Yourself Fitter' page for details on healthy eating.

Personal Hygiene

As you mature your body goes through changes, and keeping clean and healthy are vitally important. Washing your body, wearing clean underwear every day and cleaning your teeth is just a small but important part of your personal welfare.

Smoking & Alcohol

If you are under 16 it is illegal for you to purchase cigarettes and smoke cigarettes. If you purchase cigarettes for a minot you are also breaking the law. If you are under 18 it is against the law to purchase alcohol. It is also illegal for someone over 18 to buy alcohol for an under 18.

Drugs - Just Say No

Seven important terms - do you know what they mean?
Overdose - This can happen when someone takes so much of a drug that their body cannot cope with it.
Stimulants - Drugs like ecstasy, speed & cocaine affect people by speeding up their bodies, making them energetic and excited, commonly known as 'uppers'.
Addiction - When a person becomes dependant on a drug and needs it to get by from day to day.
Tolerance - The body has got used to the drug so it does not give the same effect anymore.
Hallucinogens - Drugs like LSD (acid) and magic mushrooms make people hallucinate, they see and hear things which are not there. These types of drugs are called 'trips'.
Depressants - Drugs like heroin and tranquillisers slow the body down, making it feel drowsy and relaxed. These drugs are known as 'downers'.
Withdrawal - The bad feeling someone gets when they stop using certain drugs which they have been dependant on for a long time.
Talking to FRANK - FRANK is available to speak to 24 hours a day. You can ring free from a landline on 0800 77 66 00, it will not show up on the telephone bill. Your call will be completely confidential. Or log onto www.TALKTOFRANK.COM this website is for anyone who wants to know anything about drugs.

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