Houghton Close Surgery, Ampthill, Bedfordshire

Houghton Close Surgery

1 Houghton Close
Ampthill
Bedford
MK45 2TG
Tel: 01525 300898
Fax: 01525 406939

Teenagers

Consultations between a doctor and patient are confidential. The bottom line is, if you don't want your parents or anyone else to be involved, they don't have to be.

What's discussed during a consultation should go no further, unless you give permission for your doctor to inform someone else. That means the receptionist or practice nurse are also not allowed to divulge that you've been at the practice.

Occasionally, your doctor may encourage you to talk to your parents about your problem or ask for permission to contact them. This is because they feel it will help you. They may feel you don't fully understand the treatment you need, or believe that adult help is necessary.

If you definitely don't want your parents involved, you may be encouraged to talk to a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or older brother or sister.

How to handle your appointment:

  • You don't have to tell the receptionist why you want to see a GP, however in certain situations it may help to prioritise the urgency of your appointment
  • Teenagers are able to access a full range of medical services including contraceptive prescriptions and advice.
  • Speak to your doctor honestly, it'll be easier for them to help you. Never be frightened to tell your doctor something, they won't announce it to the world and they won't judge you. 
  • Take a friend with you. This can give you confidence and sometimes it's easier for a friend to tell your doctor about what you want or what's on your mind. 
  • Write down what you want to ask and take notes about your doctor's advice. 
  • If you don't understand what your doctor's saying, ask them to explain it more clearly - they won't mind. 
  • If you'd prefer to see either a male or female doctor, tell the receptionist when you make the appointment.

Sphere Clinic

Sphere ClinicThis clinic is part of the Contraception and Sexual Health Service. It is a free and confidential service open to both registered and non registered patients in Bedfordshire and is held at the practice.

Services include:

  • Sexual health information
  • Various contraception methods including long acting reversible contraception (hormone implants and IUDs). Registered patients can be seen at any time during surgery hours.
  • Chlamydia screening and other sexually transmitted infection screening
  • HIV testing, and screening
  • Treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - Free dependant on treatment

Please telephone the surgery number 01525 300898 or ask at reception for details. This clinic is held at the practice on Tuesdays between 3.00pm and 5.00pm.