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My name is Aggie
Im working with young people , who asked me to get more information with regards to how they can get an access to health services without an adult.
they need to know if they are ways of seeing a GP or any other health consultant without parents?
and what is the process?
Is there any support / information available how to do it?
also Confidentiality and consent
so they can go to their local surgery and ask for an appointment, and they have a right to be seen by a GP without a parent?
Is there any info available about this, i can pass to them?
what is the situation with children under 16?
ok, thank you
im based in Devon so any surgery in devon
Hello, this is Dr Helen, I am a UK doctor and have worked in hospitals and GP for many years. If I understand your question correctly you are not asking about getting any form of surgery but want to know what the law says about under 16s seeking medical advice. Here in the UK we have what is known as Gillick Competence. In essence this was a landmark ruling brought about after a Mrs Victoria Gillick tried to have the law changed to insist all under 16s had to have parental consent for medical treatment. Under 16s can see doctors without their parents knowing BUT only if the doctor is happy they are "Gillick Competent" and can make their own decisions responsibly. This page by the NSPCC tells you all you need to know and they probably have literature they can send you too.
We also have the Fraser guidelines which cover the legal implications of under 16s seeking medical advice without parental consent. This NSPCC site also explains them more fully.
I hope this helps, let me know if you have further questions. I joined JustAnswer in June 2013 and am a UK doctor. I have been qualified for 24 years and have widespread experience in GP and cancer care.