Broadbay Medical Practice

16 Francis Street, Stornoway, HS1 2XB
Tel: 01851 703588

Young Patient’s Rights


Can I trust my Doctor to keep what I tell him or her private?

Even if you are under 16, doctors still have to keep anything you tell them private, just as they would for an adult.  So whether you ask for advice about a cold or something as personal as contraception or a sexual problem, your Doctor will not tell anyone else what has been discussed.

Are there any exceptions to this?

Only a few.  In exceptional circumstances the Doctor may believe that keeping a secret puts either a patient or someone else in severe danger.  For example, if a Doctor suspected you were being seriously hurt in some way he or she may  wish to involve other professionals in helping you.  Even so, nothing should be passed on before it is discussed with you.

But don’t I need my parents permission?

You don’t need your parent’s permission to see a Doctor but it can be really helpful to discuss problems with your parents. If you were thinking of starting or have already started having sex, your Doctor may suggest you talk to them about it.  But he or she should not pass on any information to your parents without your agreement

How can I find out for sure?

If you are in any doubt ring the Doctor’s Practice or clinic first and ask them whether they offer confidential appointments for under 16 year olds.  It may feel a bit embarrassing but you don’t have to give your name or any other details over the phone and they won’t know who you are.  If they say yes, you can go ahead and make an appointment, but if they say no you can find somewhere else that does offer a confidential service.

Can my parents see my health records?

All patients can see their own health records.  However your parents or guardian should not see your records unless you have given them your consent.


Help train the doctors of the future

We have a Medical Student with us until 22 October 2021. Medical School students have the patient’s perspective at the centre of their medical training. Students are supervised at all times by  a health care professional – usually a doctor. By supporting their training programme you are helping our students to become better patient-centred doctors of the future.

If you have any concerns about being seen by a student, please contact a member of staff.