Young Persons Information

We offer young people’s health checks 13-16 years

Growing Healthy 0-19 Sunderland

Protecting and promoting the health and wellbeing of children and their families in Sunderland.

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kooth is a free, online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform. Aimed at young people in Sunderland aged 11 to 25 years old.

Young people can use the Kooth website to get anonymous advice, support and guidance on any issue that is affecting their wellbeing.

This could be for things like:

  • Friendship or relationship issues
  • family disagreements or difficult home lives,
  • concerns around eating
  • anxiety, stress, depression,
  • self harm
  • suicidal thoughts.

Kooth’s qualified counsellors give young people the support they need, when they need it. Kooth’s live chat service is available from Monday to Friday 12 noon – 10pm, Saturdays and Sundays 6pm – 10pm. It is accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop, completely free of charge.

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You’re not alone

You’re not alone is an online wellbeing resource. Supporting and encouraging young people to engage with creativity as a self-help tool.

Smoking Cessation

Get help and advice on quitting smoking. If you are under 18, we can refer you to one of our specialist smoking cessation advisors.

Spots and Acne

Most young people get spots. They are caused by your glands producing too much sebum. Sebum is a substance that your body produces naturally to stop your hair drying out. Too much sebum makes your skin oily and causes spots. Antibacterial face washes and creams can help. It’s important you try not to squeeze spots, as this can make them worse.

Acne is different from getting a few spots. It can appear on your back, shoulders and chest as well as your face. It can sometimes be painful and cause you to feel self-conscious or embarrassed. Acne usually needs treatment with products only available with a prescription. If you are finding your spots a problem, please discuss this with a doctor or our nurse practitioner.

Sexual Health

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). At least one in 10 young people who are having sex will have chlamydia. Most people have no symptoms, so they are not aware they have got it. If you have ever had sex, we can do a test from a urine sample (pee into a pot). Treatment is free and simple, a short course of antibiotics. If you would like a test please speak to the nurse or ask at reception for a test kit.

Contraception is free to all men and women of all ages. There are many different methods of contraception. Different methods will suit people at different times in their lives. If you want to talk about this or any other sexual health issue, please make an appointment with a nurse or doctor. You do not have to tell the receptionist why you want the appointment.


Dr Matthews runs clinics for implant insertion and removals. If you would like to attend this service please make an appointment with a member of staff at reception.

Non-urgent advice: Please note

Sexual Health Clinic is available at South Hylton Surgery, however for a temporary period of time patients may need to be seen on one of our other sites.

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