Parkhill & Sherwell Valley Medical Practices

Parkhill - 01803 212489

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How to get an appointment

youths-lay-circleEither telephone the surgery or call in – the phone can be quite busy first thing in the morning so please be patient.  You can either ask for a face to face appointment with either the doctor or nurse or a telephone consultation when the doctor or nurse will phone you back.

If you have internet access you can book a doctor's appointment on line - use the " How Do I ?" section on the top menu of this web page. You will need to register your e-mail address with the practice to get a user name and password.

If you need emergency contraception then please don’t be embarrassed – if you tell the receptionist then she will get the doctor to phone you or see you and arrange for you to have a prescription within a few hours. We get lots of request of emergency contraception.

If you are worried about sexually transmitted infections then we have lots of free leaflets available – you can either see the doctor or nurse (you can see a female doctor if you prefer although we don’t have any male nurses). If you don’t want to see a member of our team here then we can give you the contact details of other agencies that can help.

Contraceptive and Sexual Health Services at Castle Circus Health Centre: 01803 656500 9am -5pm Monday to Friday
(leaflets available at reception or in the waiting room).

How do I get results of tests

When you have a test done ask the doctor or nurse how to get your results – usually if a result is abnormal we try to contact you to let you know (you will only be asked to phone the surgery). Please let us know how best to reach you – if you do not want us to contact you under any circumstance then please let us know and we will respect your wishes. This leads on to the subject of confidentiality which often worries young people – see below for details.

What happens if we can’t sort out all your problems at the surgery?

Certain problems can be difficult for us to deal with at the surgery as you may be best seen by a different professional. For instance you may need to be seen by a hospital doctor. Drug and alcohol problems are best tackled by people with more expertise although we can all give basic advice. There is usually a shorter wait for counselling at Checkpoint.

If you need a referral and do not wish to go to Torbay Hospital then please ask – for instance if you have an unplanned pregnancy you may wish to be seen elsewhere.

Can I see a doctor or nurse without my parents if I am under 16?

Yes, you can, although obviously if you are unwell then we would encourage you to bring someone with you for support. If you wants to talk about personal issues – contraception, unplanned pregnancy, STI’s etc. then you do not have to come with your parents – you can come alone, bring a school friend or your partner. Doctors and nurses and all other staff follow very strict guidelines on confidentiality – see our section on “confidentiality” which explains this.

Your right to confidential service

DOH Guide to consent for young people

(for Dept Health Guidance for doctors and confidentiality click here)

Even if you are under 16, you still have the same rights to confidentiality as anyone else and you should not be treated any differently.

Will the doctor tell my parents or show them my medical records?

No, doctors and nurses have very strict rules on confidentiality and whom they share medical information with.

In exceptional circumstances, like when a doctor or health worker thinks you might be in serious danger, they might feel there is a need to pass information on, but, even if they do, they must talk to you first before they tell anyone else. This applies to everyone, no matter what age you are.

What if I’m under 13?

Government guidance for workers in England means that they are likely to be more worried about young people under 13 who are having sex and might think it would be in the young person’s interest to get some extra help from a social worker.

More advice

If you are still worried about confidentiality, you can always call your doctor’s surgery without telling them who you are and ask them some questions, LIKE:

  • Is the information that I give you kept confidential?
  • Do you ever tell anyone else about young people who ask for contraception or advice about sex?
  • Would you ever tell anyone else about my visit without telling me first?

Some people don’t want to go to their own doctor because they feel embarrassed or because they have known them for a long time, but don’t worry, there are lots of other places you can go – just click on the link below to’sexwize’ for local Torbay Services:

A receptionist’s job is very hard!

Sometimes, there are days when lots of people want appointments and there are not enough to go round – the receptionists might then sometimes ask why you need to be seen to see if your request can be met without taking up an appointment. If you feel you cannot tell them – (remember they were all your age once and remember what it was like!) – then please ask to speak to the doctor on a telephone consultation.

Waiting Room

We have a quiet waiting room downstairs and a waiting room with a TV upstairs. It does not matter where you wait. We try to have different magazines to read – if you have any you would like to donate, then we would be very grateful.

Look after your Health

Your health is very precious – look after it! We can provide treatment to help you stop smoking, give advice abut healthy lifestyles and, in certain cases, provide help with weight loss. If you are going abroad, ask about travel vaccinations. If you are planning to have a baby, ask for advice about how best to prepare for it.

Going away to college/university

You may be asked to register with a new GP near your college or university – however, you can still come to us for medical care during the holidays – called ‘temporary registration’. We can give you prescriptions then, too.

Department of Health