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    So I wanted to ask a question... I’m a total newbie so I hope this is in the right place (let me know if not).

    So, I was wondering about doctors. Do you need to be 16 to make and go to a doctors appointment? Or does a parent have to make the appointment/be there at the appointment etc?

    I would really appreciate some advice.

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    as far as I’m aware of, you’re allowed to go to the doctors alone regardless of age. They don’t contact your parents unless it’s really serious and your life is in danger. Otherwise it can be kept confidential I think?
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    (Original post by iplcr4)
    as far as I’m aware of, you’re allowed to go to the doctors alone regardless of age. They don’t contact your parents unless it’s really serious and your life is in danger. Otherwise it can be kept confidential I think?
    Thanks, that’s really good to know!
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    (Original post by independentx)
    So I wanted to ask a question... I’m a total newbie so I hope this is in the right place (let me know if not).

    So, I was wondering about doctors. Do you need to be 16 to make and go to a doctors appointment? Or does a parent have to make the appointment/be there at the appointment etc?

    I would really appreciate some advice.

    Thanks.
    You can see a doctor by yourself at any age and what you say in your appointment is confidential, except that your parents will have access to your medical records and need to be the ones to consent to some treatments or sign some papers until you're 16. Past that point you are considered an adult and somebody else can only access your records with your permission.
    I know a good link that explains it so I'll try to find that and edit it in later.
    http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/speaking-to-gp-about-someone-elses-health.aspx
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    Thank you for that information. Im 15 so I mean I've not got too long but still thought I'd ask this.
    Thanks.
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    Essentially in the UK there is something called Gillick Competency. In healthcare, 1 key element is that the patient is able to consent and be involved in their own treatment. However Most children / teens are not considered to be so if under the age of 16 (in which case parents are involved).

    Gillick competency is used to determine if patients under 16 comply with fraser guidelines (dont ask tl;dr) and are considered mature enough to manage their own health. IF you are Gillick competent, you dont need your parents, otherwise theyre consent is needed as well as yours / they need to be aware of what is happening.

    strictly speaking you can go by yourself to see a doctor but in most circumstances if your under the age of 16, your parents will be informed
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    Hmm that's really interesting. I'd actually never heard of that! Thank you!!
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    I've been seeing my doctor alone since I was 13.
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