Teen Health Page
Meningitis Jabs for students
Cases of potentially deadly meningitis are on the increase, so it's particularly important, if you're a fresher or a student aged 18 - 25 to get your free meningitis vaccination.
Adolescents and young adults are the main carriers of meningococcal bacteria, which can cause meningitis and septicaemia - very serious and potentially fatal illnesses.
Free Meningitis ACWY vaccinations, available from the surgery or from your college/university medical centre, help protect against disease caused by four of the main groups of meningococcal bacteria. No vaccine offers complete protection but will help fight the disease.
Click here for more information about the vaccines available and why it's important to be protected. Vaccines are available free up to the age of 25.
Our doctors are here to listen and not to tell, whatever your age. Consultations on any matter are treated in the strictest confidence. Our staff are very understanding and will treat any problem seriously and with sensitivity.
Royal Crescent Surgery is now a Safe Space Surgery. This means it is a place where totally confidential support and help can be found.
If you need support, let us know and we will put you in touch with the Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service.
Over half of victims of abuse - physical, psychological, emotional, financial or mental - will be in touch with their GP surgery during the first two years of abuse.
The mental health consequences of children who witness abuse at home is massive. Not all domestic abuse ends lives, but it DOES change them.
Remember, if you are ready to seek support or help, you have the right to:
be treated with respect
be believed and listened to
talk to someone who will be sympathetic
be aware of what resources are available locally
be told your safety is paramount
be able to make your own decisions
not feel judged
be made to feel comfortable about disclosing your experiences
Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre: 01594 546117
Teens in Crisis: 01594 546117
Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse and Support Service: 0845 602 9035
Sexual Health and Contraception
Our nurses are able to give advice on contraception, pregnancy, weight, smoking and drugs.
Emergency contraception, also known as the 'morning after' pill is available from the nurses by appointment.
'Morning after' pills are effective for up to 72 hours after any 'accident' but the earlier you come to surgery, the better.
We can help for up to FIVE DAYS after sex, so please get in touch, promptly.
Chlamydia is the most common infection for 15 to 24 year olds with 1 in 12 young people who are sexually active being infected.
Getting tested is easy and simple. A full screen at a clinic is always best as you can test for other infections at the same time.
You can test for chlamydia at home by sending for a free confidential kit from here
To protect against chlamydia
* Use condoms during sex
* If you have a new partner, both get a chlamydia test
* Have a free test every year or after changing partners
Protect yourself against meningitis
Meningitis W is such a virulent, difficult-to-spot strain of the disease that cases have been nearly doubling each each.
A third of Meningitis W cases in 15 - 19 year olds have been fatal so it's vital that young people at risk are protected.
Book a Men W jab free at the surgery if you are 15 - 24 years old and have not yet had the jab.
Getting vaccinated will protect you against meningitis and septicaemia and mean that other people close to you are less likely to get it.
Use this Eligibility Checker to find out if you're the right age for the jab.
Run! Hide! Tell!
Find out now what you should do in the event of a terrorist weapons attack.
Action Counters Terrorism advice here
Childline - confidential advice and counselling for everyone under 19 years
On Your Mind - help with problems - try it out!
Teens in Crisis - useful website offering counselling service for up to 21 years
Calm Harm - helps you manage the urge to self harm. Links to apps for Android and iPhones.
Moodzone - helping you cope with anxiety
Narcotics Anonymous - for details of local meetings and support