Self Referral

Most referrals to other specialists will require you seeing or speaking with a GP. However, there are a number of local services, listed below, that you are able to make self referrals to.

Edinburgh Crisis Centre

You can contact us on our freephone number, text number or email 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. From this contact you can also arrange a video call (Zoom) or face to face appointment with one of our team (usually these will be arranged on the same day). At the appointment the option for further support and rest in the centre can be discussed.
Free phone 0808 801 0414

Ear Syringing

The Local CTAC (Community Treatment And Care) service can be contacted by phone. This is an automated service where you will be asked to leave your details and an letter with an appointment will be sent out in the post. Or you can email with your name, date of birth, address and your registered practice.
0131 537 7205

Lothian Sexual Health

Lothian Sexual and Reproductive Health Service provides a range of services at the Chalmers Centre in Edinburgh and at local clinics across the Lothian area. Everyone is welcome at our services. Whatever your sexuality, gender identity, age, ethnicity, or religion, we treat everyone with the respect and care they deserve.
0131 536 1070

Physiotherapy Self-Referral

Physiotherapy is the prevention, treatment and management of disease and disability using physical approaches, thereby promoting health and well-being for all. A variety of conditions are treated including orthopaedic, musculoskeletal, respiratory, neurological, continence, general mobility, pain, problems of ageing etc. Link for self referral is below.
0800 917 9390 National Musculoskeletal Advice and Triage Service, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

Chalmers for Medical Termination Clinic

if you have found out that you are pregnant and you are not wishing to continue with the pregnancy then you are refer yourself to Chalmers for Medical Termination (abortion) Clinic. You will be asked for some personal details (address, phone number, date of last menstrual period and date of positive pregnancy test) relating to the appointment. Patients will have their first appointment at the Chalmers Centre.
Please call 0131 536 2454 between the hours of 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday.

Pregnancy Booking Service

If you have found out you are pregnant, please refer yourself to pregnancy booking service. This service replaces your need to come to the GP and they are the specialists in maternity care who will lead you through each stage of your pregnancy.
0131 536 2009

Community Help & Advice Initiative (CHAI)

CHAI is a registered Scottish charity providing free and independent advice to people affected by housing, debt and benefit issues in Edinburgh and Midlothian. Their objectives are: To relieve poverty, To provide welfare assistance, To provide practical help, To provide information, advice and support on issues such as housing, debt, benefits and employability.
0131 442 1009

Podiatry

The podiatry team is made up of Podiatrists, Podiatry assistants and Admin staff who are responsible for delivering podiatry services across Lothian. All our Podiatrists are registered by the Health and Care Professions council (HCPC). The podiatry department triage all new patient referrals. Please provide us with as much information as possible and include all relevant medical history and medication. Priority appointments are determined based on the information provided within the referral.

NHS Lothian Pharmacy Stop Smoking Service

Quit Your Way Scotland is an advice and support service for anyone trying to stop smoking in Scotland.
0131 286 5113

Scottish Welfare Fund

Is a discretionary scheme which provides two types of grants. Community Care Grants Crisis Grants Scottish Welfare Fund helps families and people in Scotland who are on low incomes.

Living life to the full

Free online courses covering low mood, stress and resilience. Work out why you feel as you do, how to tackle problems, build confidence, get going again, feel happier, stay calm, tackle upsetting thinking and more. Our courses are free for individuals using them in their own lives.

Solihull Online Courses for parents/carers

The Scottish Government has negotiated access to Solihull Online. These are courses which help nurture a a caring and supportive relationship by carers and help understanding of the stages of a child's development from pregnancy through to 19 years through interactive activities. Courses available are; Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby, understanding your baby, understanding your child. understanding your teenager's brain. To access these for for FREE use the code TARTAN.

Forensic Medical Services (Victims of Sexual Offences) (Scotland) Act 2021

This new Act establishes a legal framework for consistent access to “self-referral” where a victim (over 16 years of age) can access healthcare and request a Forensic Medical Examination (FME) without first having to make a report to the police. In addition, and as part of a person centred approach, individuals will be able to request the sex of their examiner involved in their care.
0800 148 88 88

Sleepio

Self-referral web-based support for sleep problems.

SilverCloud – Self Referral

SilverCloud – interactive computer programme accessible without a referral for these packages: · Managing Stress · Managing Sleep · Developing Resilience · Managing During Covid-19 You will be asked to set up an account by creating a username and password. You will also be asked to enter a pin which is Scotland2020.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) Services

This service can help by: finding out if you need to see a doctor, providing key information and advice to help with your problem, referring you to a physiotherapist or podiatrist if you need it.

Breathing Space – Open up when you are feeling down

Breathing Space is Scotland's mental health phone and Webchat service responding to people who are experiencing distress in their lives. It is an integral part of NHS 24's suite of mental health support services.
0800 83 85 87

Penumbra – Mental Health

We work to improve mental health and wellbeing across Scotland and offer services and support throughout the country, administered by Area Offices. We believe and statistics show that people can and do recover from significant mental health problems. Penumbra supports people to live fulfilling and contributing lives. By following our person centred model of HOPE. For us hope is a vital part of recovery and supporting people to have and hold hope for the future is a key part of our work.

Scotland’s Financial Health Service

Working together with various stakeholders from the financial advice and support sector, the Scottish Government has developed this website to provide a one stop shop for those who have money problems or are seeking general help with their financial worries. We are an impartial website and do not provide advice directly but our aim is to signpost those in need to the most appropriate area of support, ranging from debt solutions, borrowing, managing your money or general welfare concerns.

Care equipment and adapting your home

If you’re elderly, disabled or have a long term health condition and want help to live safely and independently in your home, using equipment, technology or making adaptations to your home may be a good option for you. This could include: getting equipment, like shower rails, adapting your home by installing a ramp or widening the doors, using everyday technology like computers or tablets to keep in touch with friends and family, or do your shopping online. Care Information Scotland can advise
0800 011 3200

Arranging or changing your DRS (Diabetic retinopathy screening) appointment

Most health boards have a diabetic retinopathy screening (DRS) service that can arrange appointments and answer any questions or problems you might have. When you receive your DRS invitation letter you might need to contact your local service to arrange a time to have the test. You can also ask for a new appointment if you fail to, or can no longer, attend your appointment.

Book your Midwife appointment online

Your first main appointment is your booking appointment (booking visit) with your midwife normally between 8 and 12 weeks of pregnancy. If you've just found out that you're pregnant, get the best start for you and your baby by making an appointment with a midwife Most Health Boards in Scotland allow patients to book directly without seeing your Doctor, if your Health Board area is not shown, then contact the Practice for further advice.

Request transport to your Healthcare Appointment

Patient Transport Service provides ambulances to patients who need support to reach their healthcare appointment, or for their admission to and discharge from hospital, due to their medical/clinical needs.
0300 123 1236

My Diabetes My Way

The NHS Scotland interactive diabetes website to help support people who have diabetes and their family and friends. You'll find leaflets, videos, educational tools and games containing information about diabetes. You can now also use this website to view your own up-to-date diabetes clinic results, to help you manage your condition more effectively.