Cheveley Park Medical Centre recognise that we have around 1000 patients under the age of 24 years, 78% of which are under the age of 18 years. This is a large proportion of our practice population and we have recently taken stock and considered the information and services we offer the younger population.
We have recently joined with the organisation 'Investing in Children' who have visited the practice and suggested ways in which we can improve the promotion of information and services to our young patients.
Many young people are under the impression the GP surgery is only for visiting when they are unwell. This is not the case, as we can act as a valuable source of information, especially to young people who may not wish to discuss their requirements.
If you feel you need to see a GP or Practice Nurse, you do not need to tell the receptionist what this is about. Our receptionists will be happy to book the appointment without a reason.
Following the visit by 'Investing in Children' we are currently in the process of organising a dedicated noticeboard to young patients. This will contain information about the range of services available to young people which they can access directly.
For patients who may feel they need a chlamydia test, kits are available in both toilets within the surgery. These can be taken at any time, maintaining the anonymity of the patient, and sent off for testing in the prepaid envelope supplied.
We are also a registered 'C-Card' distributor, which means that if you are under the age of 25 and hold a C-Card, you can request condoms from either Hazel, at reception or Dr Niamh Telford. If you are over the age of 25, condoms are available from the GP or Practice Nurse as well as the above.
If you would like to give feedback or suggestions regarding young person's services, you can complete a Friends & Family Test form and add freetext or you could add a comment in our Compliment's Book, both of which can be found in the waiting area.
We welcome your feedback and suggestions.