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Referrals & self referrals

Did you know that there are some free NHS health services you can access without needing an appointment with your GP? This is called self-referral and could help you find the care you need quicker and more easily than going through your surgery. Self-referral often includes services for drug and alcohol problems, as well as antenatal care and improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT).

You can register for most of them online. In some cases you refer yourself by phoning rather than emailing or by completing an online form. Just click on the service you’re interested in, then search your area for a simple link to the easiest way to access the service.

Self-referral services vary by area though – and they might be provided by a variety of organisations, all approved and commissioned by the NHS.

Find more information and services local to you by visiting the following links. If you can’t find the information you need, try searching the NHS website or contact your GP practice.

Community Connectors

Community Connectors is a Social Prescribing service, working in partnership with GP Practices across Hastings & Rother, and Eastbourne, Seaford & Hailsham, supporting you to improve your health and wellbeing. ... [continue] Community Connectors

Continence services

Continence bladder and bowel services – adults Continence bladder and bowel services – children (need to self-refer to health visitors or school health team first, who can then refer to ... [continue] Continence services

Drug & alcohol

Change Grow Live provided help for those who are using alcohol or drugs such as opiates, cocaine, cannabis, benzodiazepines, ketamine, MDMA, steroids and amphetamine. They offer one to one or ... [continue] Drug & alcohol

Mental health

Adult Mental Health There is a lot of help and support available for those that are struggling with mental health issues. Your GP is not always the best point of ... [continue] Mental health

NHS E-referral tracking

If your doctor has referred you to a hospital specialist for further care you will receive a letter from us within 2 weeks giving details of how to book/check your ... [continue] NHS E-referral tracking


If you have a problem that you feel physiotherapy would help with, you can self-refer and the MSK team will be in contact with you to arrange an appointment. Please ... [continue] Physiotherapy

Referral information

Referrals Once you have been referred by your GP and your referral leaves the Practice, your referral will be in the hands of a different, or possibly a new service ... [continue] Referral information

Sexual health

The local sexual health clinic can help with many aspects such as, STI testing, HIV, contraception, pregnancy advice and cervical screening. Please click the following link to find out more ... [continue] Sexual health


Sleepstation is a clinically validated sleep improvement programme that can help you sleep better after just four sessions. This online sleep service is proven to combat even severe insomnia. The ... [continue] Sleepstation

Smoking and weight management

One You can help you get back to a healthier you and support you to make simple changes towards a longer and happier life. They provide tools, motivational support, and ... [continue] Smoking and weight management

Women’s health

Just found out you are pregnant? Book to meet your Midwife to plan your care. Click on the link below fill in your details and click submit: Maternity Self Referral ... [continue] Women’s health

Young carers

East Sussex Young Carers, supports Young Carers aged 5-18 who are responsible for caring for a family member with a long-term illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse issues. They ... [continue] Young carers

Youth services

There are a lot of services available, that do not require a GP referral and that you can access directly, which will help get you the support you need: School ... [continue] Youth services

Smoking cessation advisers

If you would like to give up smoking and want help, advice and support, this is provided by One You East Sussex. Click here to be transferred to their website ... [continue] Smoking cessation advisers

Date published: 20th March, 2023
Date last updated: 20th March, 2023