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Summary Care Records

Anything you say to any member of staff in a GP practice is confidential. All clinical and administrative staff are bound by confidentiality agreements.

When you contact your GP practice or ask to book an appointment, you may be asked about your medical issue. This is so trained administrative staff can direct you to the best-placed person to help you. You do not have to provide this information, but it may mean it takes longer to get you the help you need.

If you are over the age of 16, you do not need permission from a parent or guardian to seek help. Nor will we tell them that you have sought help. The only exception to this will be if a GP or other clinician feels there is a safeguarding issue and that a child may be at risk of neglect or physical, mental or emotional harm.

Anyone aged 13 or over can use a sexual health service. If the GP or clinician is confident that you fully understand the decisions and information involved, we will not inform your parents.

You can find out more about using sexual health services here.