Young People

If you are age 13 to 15, you may use our Youth Triage Form to access our services. Young people aged 16+ may use the online request form, eConsult.

When you can see a doctor alone

You can visit the doctor at any age about any issue to do with your physical or mental health.  There is no reason why you can’t ask to see the doctor by yourself.  The doctor may want to find out why, and they might encourage you to tell your parent or carer.  If you book an appointment yourself, we note in the appointment reason ‘booked by the patient’ so the appointment should not be disclosed to a parent/carer.


As a general rule the information shared in a consultation stays between the GP and the patient EXCEPT when the GP thinks the shared information suggests you are at risk of harm or that your actions may be a risk to others.  This is called a safeguarding issue and the GP is obliged by law to share their concerns with the local safeguarding team.  This is to ensure you and others are kept safe and get you appropriate help.

In your consultation the GP may suggest you share a problem with parents/carers/friend or offer to get you support from a group such as NSPCC, but this is up to you unless the concern reaches a safeguarding threshold.


ChatHealth is available for young people aged 11-19 years old to access Monday – Friday 8.30 – 4.30 (not Bank Holidays), whether schools are open or closed, for any queries or concerns around emotional health, physical health, sexual health, family, exams, relationships etc

ChatHealth number – 07480 635511

Kooth (click to access website)

Your online mental wellbeing community

Free, safe and anonymous support

RUOK? (click to access the website)

A recent survey carried out by Dorset Youth found that over 40% of young people in Dorset either didn’t know (21.3%) or weren’t sure (19.2%) how to access mental health advice.

To tackle this, Dorset’s Suicide Prevention Group launched RUOK?, a new campaign for Children’s Mental Health Week highlighting the wide range of mental health support available to children and young people in Dorset. This includes 24/7 crisis support, NHS services and support provided by local charities.

We want to make sure that children and young people in Dorset always know where they can go to get support in a way that works for them. Find out more about the services available RUOK? – Public Health Dorset – Dorset Council.

Space Youth Project

a Dorset based charity working with young people up to the age of 25 in the LGBT+ community

Space Youth Project offers free youth groups around the Dorset area, these groups offer a safe space for young people to be themselves with no judgment and it enables them to build a much needed peer support group. We have qualified youth workers who can support young people on their individual journey. We offer 121 sessions if a young person needs more individual support. Details of everything we offer can be found on our website.

And finally…

we welcome your feedback and would be really grateful if you could complete the survey compiled by our Youth Participation Group.  Please click on the link.

Young People’s Privacy Notice


A Privacy Notice tells people how organisations use information that they hold about them. A new law called the UK General Data Protection Regulation 2016, also known as UKGDPR, says that we need to provide you with this Privacy Notice and let you know:

What information we hold about you

  • How we keep this especially important information safe and secure and where we keep it
  • How we use your information
  • Who we share your information with
  • What your rights are
  • When the law gives us permission to use your information


The law gives us permission to use your information in situations where we need it to take care of you. Because information about your health is very personal, sensitive and private to you, the law is very strict about how we use it.

So, before we can use your information in the ways we have set out in this Privacy Notice, we have to have a good reason in law, which is called a ‘lawful basis’.  Not only do we have to do that, but we also have to show that your information falls into a special group or category, because it is very sensitive. By doing this the law makes sure we only use your information to look after you and that we do not use it for any other reason.

If you would like more information about this please ask to speak to our Data Protection Officer (DPO) mentioned in this Privacy Notice who will explain this in more detail.


We, at the Wareham Surgery at Streche Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4PG, are responsible for collecting, storing and handling your information when you registered with us as a patient. Because we do this, the law says we are Data Controllers. Sometimes we may use your information for a particular purpose and when we do so, the law says we are Data Processors.


We hold information about you such as:

  • Your name
  • Address
  • Mobile number
  • Information about your parent(s) or person with parental responsibility
  • All your health records
  • Appointment records
  • Visits to see your GP
  • Treatments you have had
  • Medicines prescribed for you and any other information to help us look after you


  • The law says that we must do all we can to keep your information private, safe and secure.
  • We use secure computer systems and we make sure that any written information held about you is under lock and key and kept in a safe place. This includes taking great care with any passwords we use which we change on a regular basis. We also train our staff to respect your privacy and deal with your information in a manner that makes sure it is always kept and dealt with in a safe way.


  • We only usually use your information to help us care for you. That means we might need to share your information with other people who are concerned and involved with looking after your health.
  • We might need to share your information with the police, courts, social services, solicitors and other people who have a right to your information, but we always make sure that they have a legal right to see it (or have a copy of it) before we provide it to them.


  • Usually only doctors, nurses and other people who work with us are allowed to see your information.
  • Sometimes though, if you need to go to the hospital or be seen by a special doctor, we will share your information with them but this only so that we can take care of you.
  • Sometimes we might be asked to take part in medical research that might help you in the future. We will always ask you or your parent(s) or adult with parental responsibility if we can share your information if this happens.
  • Possibly the police, social services, the courts and other organisations and people who may have a legal right to see your information.


  • If you want to see what information we hold about you then you have a right to see it and you can ask for it.
  • To ask for your information you will usually need to put your request in writing and tell us what information you want us to give you.
  • We usually need to answer you within one month. Your parent(s) or adult with parental responsibility can help you with is if you need help.
  • Usually we will give this to you free of charge.
  • If you think there are any errors in the information we hold about you then you can ask us to correct it but the law says we can’t remove any of the information we hold about you even if you ask us to. This is because we need this information to take care of you.
  • You have a right to ask us not to share your information.
  • If you would like to talk to us about not sharing your information, even if this means you don’t want us to share your information with your parent(s) or adult with parental responsibility, please let us know. We will be happy to help.


  • A member of our staff/receptionist will be happy to talk to you about any questions you may have and we will do our best to help you.
  • The Surgery has a person called a Data Protection Officer (DPO) who deals with all queries about patient information. Our receptionist may put you in touch with this person who will listen to your concerns and give you the advice you need.
  • Our DPO is called Helen Williams and can be contacted at


  • We will always do our best to look after your information and to answer your questions.
  • If you are still not happy with something we have done with your information you can speak to our DPO.
  • If our DPO has not been able to help you or if you prefer not to speak to our DPO then you have a right to pass your complaint to an organisation called the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) who will look into what has gone wrong. For more information visit


  • The law says we must keep all information we provide in this Privacy Notice up to date.
  • This Privacy Notice was last updated on 31/10/2023 and will be reviewed on 31/10/2024