Accessing GP Services for Young People
Here’s some general information for young people aged 11 to 17 years of age. We have tried to answer the most common questions but remember, you can call us or pop in any time for advice, help or support.
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. If you need to see someone when you are back home on holiday, you can still come to see us as a ‘Temporary Resident’.
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, treatment for upset stomachs, thermometer, tweezers, insect bite cream or spray and antiseptic cream is a good start.
If you are staying registered with us, make sure we have your up to date mobile number.
There is a lot of information and advice online for young people covering all aspects of your health. To help you find some of these, we have narrowed down some websites and organisations, which you may find helpful. Click here to view the section on our useful links page.