Young people’s rights when seeing the GP

Everyone has rights when seeing the GP, which include confidentiality (privacy) and being seen on their own if they want.

Sometimes Ambeya asked her dad to wait outside the consultation room. At other times, the GP did. This allowed Ambeya to have privacy during the appointment.

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Young people’s rights also include:

giving consent to treatment and being given the information to make choices
equal treatment regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or disability
being able to take someone with them (including a friend)
giving feedback or making a complaint

Here’s a summary of young people’s rights from the NHS Youth Forum.

Confidentiality when seeing the GP

Appointments with the GP are confidential regardless of a person's age. Doctors and nurses have very strict rules on confidentiality so that everything a patient...

Being referred to hospital by the GP

Health services such as Accident and Emergency (A&E), sexual health clinics, walk-in centres, and out of hours services don't need a GP referral. When people...