Teen Advice

Did You Know?

You do not have to tell the receptionist what the appointment is for. You can make an appointment to see the doctor or one of the nurses to discuss any problems or to ask for advice. The information given to the doctor or nurse is confidential and cannot be disclosed without your consent.

  • The surgery has condoms which can be given to teenagers free of charge
  • The surgery provides contraceptive advice including the morning after pill
  • The practice 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.

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Smoking & Alcohol

If you are under 16 it is illegal for you to purchase or smoke cigarettes. If you purchase cigarettes for a minor 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.

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 are just a small but important part of your personal welfare.

Eating

The saying ‘are you getting enough’ goes for eating to. A good diet is very important especially breakfast!

Drugs – Just Say No

Do you know what these seven important terms 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 and 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.

Alternatively log on to www.talktofrank.com .