Young people aged 12 to 18 years who are within the youth justice system in Surrey are to receive support from a dedicated specialist nurse, as a new service is launched by Children and Family Health Surrey in partnership with Surrey County Council.
The specialist nurse is a qualified nurse who is trained in supporting the health needs of young people.
The specialist nurse will work with GPs across Surrey, as many of these young people often struggle to contact their GP or may not even be registered with a GP. Laura Gay, Specialist Nurse, Children and Family Health Surrey says:
“Our focus is to be friendly and approachable so that young people feel comfortable to discuss any aspects of their health with us. We are here to support them whether that’s practical help, or advice about physical or mental health - from helping them register with a GP or make an appointment, to providing stop smoking advice or sexual health information.”
Shireen Moodley, a Clinical Service Manager at Children and Family Health Surrey says “The new service will make a real difference to the lives and health of young people within the youth justice system. By working closely with Surrey County Council, our specialist nurse is able to reach those young people across the county who need help.”
Young people and GPs can find out more about the service by visiting the webpage about the new service.