School nurses help schools to keep their pupils healthy. They’re not at school all the time but they do come in to give advice and to help the pupils who have any health problems or issues, usually in drop-in sessions. Ask your school office to tell you who your school nurse and where and when the drop-in sessions are.
Take Action: Find out more about what the School Health Nurse can do for you.
You can book an appointment to see a doctor or nurse anytime. Anything you tell your GP is confidential - this means they cannot say that you've been to see them, or why. It is only if you are at risk or putting someone else at risk that the GP or nurse might need to talk to other professionals. They will always try and discuss this with you first though, so you know what is going on.
Anyone over 16 can ask for treatment or advice without a parent or carer being with you. If you are under 16 your doctor can still see you but may need to speak to a parent or carer before giving treatments.
If you’re over the age of 16, you can register with a GP by yourself. If you’re under the age of 16, your parents or carers should register you at a doctor’s surgery.
In Oxfordshire, the two main sexual health clinics are in Headington and Banbury. But there are also clinics in Abingdon, Bicester, Didcot, Cowley, Kidlington, Wantage and Witney.
These are free, confidential, non-judgmental and available to people of any age. They can test for STDs, and give contraception and advice.
Looked After Children
As a looked-after young person, tell your social worker or carer if you’d like to see a specific healthcare professional. You can also contact Maggie Mackenzie, the Designated Nurse for Looked After Children, yourself. Maggie’s job is to make sure that you, your carers and your social worker have the information you need to keep you healthy.
Take Action: Contact Maggie at 01865 265015, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can call for confidential advice or leave a message and Maggie will call you back.
Sometimes it can be hard to think about your own health and well-being when you are looking after someone else. Support is available across Oxfordshire for young carers, or you can visit your GP or School Health Nurse if you need help or advice.
Take Action: Visit the Young Carers page for more info on opportunities for young carers in Oxfordshire.