What is a Self-Referral?
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 links below. If you can’t find the information you need, try searching the NHS website (The NHS website – NHS (www.nhs.uk)) or contact your GP practice.