youngpeople@SANDYFORD clinics are for all young people aged 17 and under. You do not need to make an appointment, they are all drop in clinics, (see below). You might have some questions about our young people's clinics before you come along so if you do, see the frequently asked questions section at the bottom of the page.
If you can't make the young people's clinic times below, you can come along to any service at any time (check opening times) and be seen by a nurse.
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It is not necessary to make an appointment; they are all drop in clinics.
If a young person needs to attend Sandyford out with the young people clinic times, they should call 0141 211 8130 and a nurse will discuss what they need and organize an appointment for them.
No, your visit to Sandyford is confidential.
If you're 13 to 16, you have the same rights to confidentiality as an adult and the doctor, nurse or pharmacist won't tell your parents, or anyone else, as long as they believe that you fully understand the information and decisions involved.
They'll encourage you to consider telling your parents or carers, but they won't make you.
Even if the doctor, nurse or pharmacist feels that you're not mature enough to make a decision yourself, the consultation will still be confidential. They won't tell anyone that you saw them, or anything about what you said.
In exceptional circumstances, for example if we think that you or another young person is at serious risk of immediate harm, we would try to put you in touch with services that can help. In the most exceptional circumstances we may need to make a decision to breach confidentiality, in order to protect you or another young person.
You don’t have to tell anyone you don’t want to, but if you find out you have an STI, it is important to let your partners know so that they may be tested too. This can be difficult and embarrassing but it is very important so that they get treated and so that you don’t get the STI again from them. If you don’t want to tell your partners, some clinics will contact them for you without giving your name.
No. All Sandyford services are part of the NHS and are free.
You’re unlikely to need an internal examination on your first visit. You may need one in the future, if you’re having an IUD (a type of contraception) fitted, for example, or for some (but not all) sexually transmitted infection (STI) checks.
But even if you do need an internal examination, it’s nothing to worry about. It can be a little uncomfortable but Sandyford staff can talk you through it and reassure you about any concerns you might have
It's fine to see someone on your own and you don't need a parent or carer with you, even if you're under 16.
Of course. It's always good to have support. We’ll always talk to you on your own first though, to make sure you’re not doing anything you don’t want to do, for example being pressured to get contraception when you don’t want to. After your initial confidential chat, your partner or friend is welcome to sit with you while you talk to one of our health professionals, if you would like them to.
No. Most services have a system where you can point to what you need on a sheet of paper which shows the services Sandyford provides rather than having to ask out loud. Alternatively, you can ask to speak to someone in a private room.
You won’t be judged. Staff only care about your health and remember, they’ve seen it all. Clinic staff see all kinds of things. After all, it’s their job and they are there to make your visit as comfortable as possible.
We’ll welcome you and ask you a few questions in confidence. If you’re anxious about telling us the reason you’ve come to see us, see 'will everyone in the waiting room hear what my problem is?'
You’ll then be asked to take a seat in the waiting room until a member of staff is ready to see you. When it’s your turn, you will be taken into a private room.
If you want contraception to prevent a pregnancy, you’ll see a doctor or a nurse. (They will ask you some health questions, and discuss contraceptive methods with you to help find the one that is most suitable.
If you’re having, or thinking about having sex, the doctor, nurse or client support worker will talk to you about the importance of using condoms, internal condoms or dams, to help you and your partner avoid sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They'll make sure you know how to use your chosen method.
Depending on the method, they might be able to give you supplies of your chosen contraception to take away that day.
At some services you can see a counselor for a chat, to talk through any difficulties or concerns, and to find out what sort of advice you need.)
Sandyford does not have a phone helpline but you can phone 0141 211 8130 to arrange an appointment at an adult clinic, if you can’t make it to a young person clinic
You can also explore the other parts of the Sandyford site which gives lots of information about contraception, STI, advice and real stories on gender, sexuality, relationships and sex.