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Pharmacy First: Minor Ailments Scheme

Pharmacy First is a scheme available for children and people who do not have to pay for their prescriptions and are suffering from a common ailment. Your local pharmacist will be able to offer you expert advice and medicines for a wide range of common ailments without the need to visit your GP. See the tab on the right hand side of the page for more information.

Choose and Book

Choose and Book is an electronic referral service which gives people a choice of place, date and time for their first outpatient appointment in a hospital or clinic. When you and your GP agree you need to see a specialist you will be able to choose from a list of hospitals and clinics.

You will be given an appointment reference number, a password and the link to the secure Choose and Book website. You will also be able to book your appointment by telephone.

Patient Information Leaflets

We have a variety of leaflets about our services at Westgate Practice, which can be picked up from both our Greenhill and Shenstone sites. If you would like information in an alternative format, for example large print or easy read, or if you need help with communicating with us, for example because you use British Sign Language, please let us know.

Carer's Health Check

Have you had your Carer's Health Check? If not contact Reception and ask for an appointment.

Medical Record Summary

Patients now have access to a summary of their medical record relating to medications, allergies and adverse reactions and vaccinations. Patients will need to have registered for on-line services in order to access their record.

Named GP for all Patients

All patients at the Westgate Practice have a ‘Named GP’ who oversees their care. We also call your ‘Named GP’ your ‘Usual GP’. You can however, continue to book appointments with any GP of your choice. If you are not sure who your ‘Named GP’ is, ask the receptionist at your next visit.

Teens 16+

Starting to do things on your own can be a little scary, so we thought it would be a great idea to let you know what we can help you with and also give you some useful links.

The Westgate practice can help with:

  •   Total confidentiality and online booking
  •   Male and female doctors
  •   Sexual health advice including contraception
  •   Support with alcohol and drug abuse
  •   Help and support for quitting smoking
  •   Concerns about mental health issues
  •   Any other health and well-being worries or concerns

 


 Accessing Your Medical Records

For more information about you rights to access your medical records, click on this link:

 

Young People's Access to Medical Records 

 

Updating Your Health Records

Don’t forget, the telephone number we have on your records might be your parent’s mobile number. You can give us a ring or update your contact details online if you want to change this. Click on the 'Update your contact details' link on the homepage. You can also sign-up for on-line booking of your own appointments,  ordering repeat prescriptions and a summary of your medical record - just visit the surgery with some identification and we can set it up for you.

 


 

Click on these links to navigate to a section:


NHS Teen Girls    << GIRLS CLICK HERE                  BOYS CLICK HERE >>   NHS Teen Boys

 


 

Keep Yourself Safe from Sexual Exploitation

 

It’s a sad fact that any child of any age, any gender and of any background can be a victim of sexual exploitation, and that it wrecks lives. Don’t be fooled by the word ‘child’ – it means teenagers too. Offenders groom their victims in various ways, such as in person, via mobiles or online, making the young person believe they are in a trusting and normal relationship before breaking that trust.

 

Below are some links to posters and sites that can help you avoid being exploited but also advising you what to do if you think you or a friend are being exploited.

 

Help and advice can be found at this website:

http://knowaboutcse.co.uk/youngpeople/

For information about grooming click below:

Know About Grooming

Consent and Sexting

Sex without consent is rape. Nobody should be pressured to send a nude pic.

If you need advice or support regarding these issues click on the link below:

www.disrespectnobody.co.uk

Protecting Yourself from Illness

Meningitis ACWY

The Men ACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases.

 

All 17- and 18-year-olds in school year 13 and first-time university students up to the age of 25 are eligible for the vaccine. Older teenagers and university students are at high risk of infection because many of them mix closely with lots of new people at university, some of whom may unknowingly carry the meningococcal bacteria. So if you are a student going away to university or college for the first time as a fresher, (including overseas and mature students up to the age of 25), please contact the Practice to make an appointment to have your Men ACWY vaccine, ideally before the start of the academic year.

 

For more information about Men ACWY click here.

HPV Vaccine for Teenage Girls

The HPV vaccine helps protect against some types of cancer including cervical cancer. All teenage girls are offered this vaccination when they are at school. It is very important that you protect yourself. If you missed out on part or all of your HPV vaccination at school you can still get it done by making an appointment at the Practice before you reach your eighteenth birthday.

For more information on the HPV vaccine click here.

Festival Survival Guide

Music festivals are one of the highlights of the British summer, attracting hundreds of thousands of fans of all ages every year. There are common health hazards that can be avoided. Watch THIS video for some useful advice.

For more information click HERE.

 

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Acne

 

 

If you're a teen, chances are you have some acne. Almost 8 in 10 teens have acne, along with many adults.

Acne is so common that it's considered a normal part of puberty. But knowing that doesn't always make it easier when you're looking at a big pimple on your face in the mirror. So what is acne, and what can you do about it?

Acne is a condition of the skin that shows up as different types of bumps. These bumps can be blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, or cysts. Teens get acne because of the hormonal changes that come with puberty. If your parents had acne as teens, it's more likely that you will, too. The good news is that, for most people, acne goes away almost completely by the time they are out of their teens.

Click HERE for more information.

 

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Surviving Exams

It's wise to revise!

Getting through exams can be challenging, but try not to panic. There are ways to beat exam stress and ensure that you get the best possible results.

Good planning and a realistic revision schedule can turn a heavy workload into something manageable. Knowing that you have a schedule can help manage your nerves.

Tests and exams, including GCSEs, can be challenging part of school life. Watch THIS video to see how teenagers prepared themselves for their GCSEs, overcame stress and built the confidence to sit their exams.

For more information click HERE.

 

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Going to Uni?

If you move away when you go to university, you will need to register with a new GP. Most universities will have a student medical centre on or near campus, or should be able to recommend a local GP practice. Remember you are at university for at least 3 years, so registering for medical care locally is very important.

Don't worry if you need medical care when you are at home during the holidays - you can still be seen at The Westgate Practice as a temporary resident. We'll just need you to complete a short form with details of your term-time GP.

FRESHERS...Going to university in September?

Click here for more information about your Meningitis ACWY jab.

Make sure you are immunised before you go. Phone the practice on 01543 416633 and ask for an appointment for your Men ACWY jab to ensure you're protected.

  • For advice on drugs click HERE
  • For advice on sexual health click HERE
  • For advice on healthy eating click HERE

 

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Smoking

 

The Westgate practice offers a smoking cessation service. Call 01543416633 now to book a confidential appointment with one of our nurses. We can support you throughout the process and under 18s can get free prescriptions for nicotine replacement therapy (patches, inhalators, gum etc.).

Click HERE to find out what happens to teen smokers.

How will smoking affect your appearance? 

Watch THIS video to find out.

Need some guidance on quitting?

Click HERE to see the NHS guide to quitting.

Want to know what Cristiano Ronaldo, Joe Cole and Amir Khan think of girls who smoke?

Click HERE to find out!

 

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Bereavement and Young People

Losing someone important to you is one of the hardest things to experience in life, and if you're young, bereavement can be even more difficult. The Westgate Practice can offer support and advice to help you get through it.

Click HERE for more information, support and advice.

 

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Teenage Pregnancy and Contraception

The Westgate Practice nurses can offer confidential advice on contraception, emergency contraception and pregnancy.

Condoms are freely available from our reception desk.

For advice on teenage pregnancy click HERE.

 

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Sexual Exploitation: scroll to the bottom of this page for help and advice about sexual exploitation of young people.
 

 

Holidays and Travelling

Backpacking this summer?

Allow plenty of time for your travel vaccinations! If you're not sure whether or not you need jabs, or you're not sure which ones you need, make an appointment with one of our Practice Nurses. Call The Westgate Practice on 01543 416633 (Greenhill Health Centre) or 01543 480840 (Shenstone Surgery).

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