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Confidentiality & safeguarding


We understand the importance of keeping your information secure and confidential. Your records and test results are only used by us. No other hospital departments have access to them.

We do not routinely share information about you with anyone else (including your GP, partners or teachers) without your permission. If you are 13 or above, you have the same rights to confidentiality as an adult.

There may be some situations where it is necessary to pass on the information you tell us to another professional. This would only happen if there is a serious risk of harm to you or to others. We would always try to discuss this with you first.


A trusted friend or relative can come with you to your appointment, but please note that it is our policy to see patients on their own at some point during the consultation.

For intimate examinations, you will be offered the choice of having another professional clinician present at the examination. This is called chaperoning.