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Brandon Lane Surgery





Young Persons Information

Providing information and links for our young people

Are you ready for sex? Where can you get contraception or free condoms? Is your body normal? What should you do if a condom splits? And what about infections? Find answers to these questions, and more, by clicking on the link below:

Chlamydia – What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a bacteria that affects the sex organs. If it is not treated the infection can spread to other parts of the body and cause pain, especially in the abdomen (lower stomach), and may cause infertility (being unable to have children).

What is the Chlamydia Test?

If you want to have the test you will be asked to complete a form and give a urine(wee) sample. The test is simple and painless.

Where can I get the Chlamydia Test?

You can log onto: click on ‘choose chlamydia screening’ and enter your postcode to find the nearest screening sites.

Click here for more information on Chlamydia….

Thinking of giving up Leaflet……

Click here to see our Calculator….

Diet and Exercise…..

Investing in Children Award to Brandon Lane Surgery


The practice was accredited with this award on the week commencing 13 December 2010.
The accreditation was for meeting the criteria:
“Investing in Children awards Membership status to organisations which have an active dialogue with young people based on the young people’s agenda which then results in change”.

Mental health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems


If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health problems there is support available from the surgery and many other organisations a few of which have links below:


Suicide is the biggest killer of young people in the UK. If you are feeling suicidal or know someone else who is, please seek help straight away. Not everyone wants to speak to the family doctors or anyone that they know but there are other organisations out there.


  • YoungMinds Crisis Messenger
    • Provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis
    • If you need urgent help text YM to 85258
    • All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors
    • Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
  • Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide)
  • Samaritans
    • If you’re in distress and need support, you can ring Samaritans for free at any time of the day or night.
    • Freephone (UK and Republic of Ireland): 116 123 (24 hours)
    • Email: [email protected]
  • CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
    • Offers support to young men in the UK who are down or in a crisis.
    • Helpline: 0800 58 58 58 (Daily 17:00-midnight)
    • Webchat
  • childline
    • If you’re under 19 you can confidentially call, email, or chat online about any problem big or small
    • Freephone 24h helpline: 0800 1111
    • Sign up for a childline account on the website to be able to message a counsellor anytime without using your email address
    • Chat 1:1 with an online advisor
  • The Mix
    • If you’re under 25 you can talk to The Mix for free on the phone, by email or on their webchat. You can also use their phone counselling service, or get more information on support services you might need.
    • Freephone: 0808 808 4994 (13:00-23:00 daily)
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