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Self-Referral

There are many local and free NHS services that you can refer yourself to. Learn about all the different types if support available to help you take control of your wellbeing.
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What is 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 mental health.

You can register for most of them online and some by phone. Just click on the service you’re interested in below. This will give you some information about the service and links 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 (www.nhs.uk) or contact your GP practice.



Organisation: MIND in Bexley

To self-refer to Mind’s talking therapies service which includes counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or online therapy, use the link below to complete a online self-referral form. You must be an adult registered with a Bexley GP to access these services.

Additionally, Mind’s Crisis Café is open from 6pm-10pm every evening. It is a safe and friendly drop-in service for over 18s where you can access mental health support and advice from mental health workers. Address: 2a Devonshire Road, Bexleyheath, DA6 8DS

For more information on what services Mind in Bexley provides, click here.

To self-refer, click here.

 

Organisation: Bexley Voluntary Service Council (BVSC)

There are many non-medical issues that can make people feel stressed, isolated or unwell. Community Connect is a new service supporting local people to improve their health and wellbeing by connecting them with activities, support and services in the community.

Their Community Wellbeing Co-ordinators can help you to find support for issues outside of the usual care that your GP or nurse may be able to provide.

You can also contact your social prescribing link worker (ask your local GP practice) for advice about the many services available to help you or you can self-refer on the Community Connect website.

For more information on what services BVSC provides, click here.

To self-refer to Community Connect, click here.

 

Organisation: Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Bexley musculoskeletal (MSK) is a multidisciplinary service providing care for a wide range of muscle, bone and joint pains and problems for adults. They are a large team of health professionals with expertise in how to help manage painful conditions.

For more information on Oxleas’ MSK service, click here.

To self-refer, click here.

 

If you’re living in the boroughs of Bexley, Bexley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark you can now access a new service called MECS that provides assessment for many common eye conditions through your local optician.

You can contact any of the approved Bexley MECS opticians and make an appointment yourself. Ask to be seen under the South East London Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS).

For more information about the Bexley MECS service, click here.

For a list of local MECS opticians, click here.

 

Bexley’s Sexual Health website is a one-stop website providing residents with information and advice on sexual health.

This includes advice on how to avoid contracting Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and how to access free testing for STIs, the Chlamydia screening programme, advice on contraception, free condom services, advice on how to avoid unintended or unwanted pregnancies and how to find your nearest confidential Sexual Health Clinic.

For more information about this service, visit their website.

 

Contact maternity services as early as possible in your pregnancy. Services include Early Pregnancy Assessment Units (EPU/EPAUs) and Midwifery etc.

Maternity services in Bexley are provided by:

  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Self-refer online here)
  • Princess Royal University Hospital (Self-refer online here)
  • Darent Valley Hospital (Self-refer online here)

 

Postnatal care extends for between 6-8 weeks after the birth of your baby. During this period, routine checks are carried out by the health visitor where you and your baby’s recovery is monitored.

For information about the Bexley Health Visitors service, click here.

 

Organisation: The Pier Road Project

Adults in Bexley can get help from the Pier Road Project, if you are struggling with drugs and/or alcohol, or if you’re a carer, relative or friend of someone who is. You must be over 18 and living in Bexley.

For more information about The Pier Road Project, visit their website.

 

Organisation: Bexley Deaf Centre

For people with hearing difficulties or problems with hearing aids, Bexley Deaf Centre can help.

For more information about the services that the Bexley Deaf Centre provide, visit their website here.

 

Organisation: Age UK (Bexley)

Bexley Age UK provides a Nail Cutting service run by a Nail Cutting Assistant. They can check your feet for any problems, such as pain or swelling, and help with cutting nails. Their Nail Cutting Clinics operate from two venues:

Day Care Centre in Sidcup (Mondays and Tuesdays) – 7 Hadlow Road, Sidcup, DA14 4AA

Belvedere Community Centre (Wednesdays) – Mitchell Close, Belvedere, DA17 6AA

Telephone: 0208 300 0883

For more information about this service, click here.

To find out everything else that Bexley Age UK, visit their website here.

 

Bexley Carers Partnership

As a carer, having the right information at the right time can make a big difference to you and the person you care for. Bexley Carers Partnership can provide you with all the information and support to get started as a carer.

Visit their website here.

 

Carers’ Support (Bexley)

Carers’ Support (Bexley) is an independent registered charity who is supported by London Borough of Bexley and Royal Borough of Greenwich. They have a team of trained staff and volunteers who provide a wide range of information, support and respite services to local adult carers residing in the Bexley and Greenwich boroughs.

Visit their website here.

 

 

Organisation: Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

 

Speech and Language Therapy (Adult)

Oxleas’ Adult Speech and Language Therapy service supports adults who have difficulties swallowing (dysphagia) and communicating (dysarthria and dysphasia), as long as these difficulties are not due to a neurological condition. 

To find out how to access this service, click here.

 

Speech and Language Therapy (Children &  young people)

Oxleas’ also provide Speech and Language Therapy for children and young people under the age of 19. This is for children who have difficulties communicating or eating, drinking and swallowing.

To find out how to access this service, click here.

 

Community Pharmacies in Bexley also provide three key Advanced Service Offers listed below. Visit your local Community Pharmacy to find out more and access these services.

 

Pharmacy First

Your Community Pharmacy can provide advice and NHS-funded treatment, where clinically appropriate, for seven common conditions, without you having to visit your GP:

  • sinusitis
  • sore throat
  • acute otitis media (earache)
  • infected insect bite
  • impetigo
  • shingles
  • uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women.

Consultations for these seven clinical pathways can be provided to patients presenting to the pharmacy as well as those referred by NHS 111, general practices and others.

 

Hypertension (blood pressure checks)

If you are aged 40 years or older with high blood pressure (and have not previously had a confirmed diagnosis of hypertension), your Community Pharmacy can assess your blood pressure and, where appropriate, refer you to general practice to confirm diagnosis and for appropriate management.

Also, at the request of a general practice, undertake ad hoc clinic and ambulatory blood pressure measurements for people with or without a diagnosis of hypertension.

 

Contraception Service

Your Community Pharmacy can support you if you wish to start oral contraception for the first time or need to restart oral contraception following a pill free break. They can also assist you if you are considering changing to an alternative pill following consultation.

Additionally, where you have been supplied with oral contraception by a primary care provider or a sexual health clinic (or equivalent) and a subsequent equivalent supply is needed, your pharmacy can prescribe this for you, provided your current supply of oral contraception is still in use. 

 

Organisation: Healthier You – NHS National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP)

If you’re prediabetic you might not experience any symptoms, but left unchecked, type 2 diabetes can cause potentially life-threatening complications. The good news is there are steps you can take, starting today, to prevent it from developing.

In just 9 months you can prevent type 2 diabetes by joining our expert-led NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP).

Start reversing the risks of developing type 2 diabetes today with 1-1 coaching, group support and personalised advice around nutrition, movement and motivation. 

 

The Rapid Response team is an integrated health and social care team, comprising of social workers, social care assistants, nurses, occupational therapists, and physios. The team provides rapid support for Bexley patients to remain at home during a health or social care crisis. The team operates a 7-day-a-week service working 8.00am 8.00pm. The team operates at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, and Darent Valley Hospital.

Bexley Adult Social Services are made up of different teams and incorporate health and social care.

Contact details for each team can be requested by telephone: 0208 303 7777

 

Organisation: Smoke Free Bexley

Bexley Stop Smoking Service is available to anyone who wants to stop smoking and who has a Bexley GP.

They offer FREE, friendly and effective practical support as well as advice on stop smoking medications that are proven to double your chance of successfully quitting.

Their service offers the full range of evidence-based smoking cessation medications.

They also advise on vaping and can direct you to local Vape Shops. Vaping is an effective way of quitting but smokers must switch completely to their chosen device – and they can support you whilst you do this.

To find out more and register, visit their website.

 

Organisation: GRO Health

Lose weight and take control of your health.

The London Borough of Bexley are delighted to offer you free access to Gro to help you lose weight and take control of your health.

If you live within Bexley, or are a registered patient with a Bexley GP then you may be eligible for FREE access to Gro.

Complete the form on their website to confirm your eligibility and get started.

 

Organisation: NHS Digital Weight Management Programme

The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme could help you if you are living with obesity and also have diabetes, high blood pressure, or both. If this is you, you could benefit from this 12-week programme. It’s free and easily available via a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

For more information on this, visit this NHS England webpage.

 

Bexley HENRY offer

A range of programmes for parents of children aged 0 to 5 years. Self-referral or referral by an early years or health professional (e.g., a GP, Nursery Nurse, Health Visitor, Midwife, or School Nurse). Delivered online or face to face in Bexley Children’s Centres (Erith, Northumberland Heath, Danson, and North Cray) or community settings.

  • Starting Solids – 2-hour group workshops for parents/carers with children aged 3 to 6 months
  • Fussy Eating – 2-hour group workshop for parents/carers with children aged 18 months to 3 years
  • Preparation for Parenthood – 6 week 2-hour weekly sessions for pregnant women and their partners or other family members
  • Healthy Families: Right from the Start programme – 8 week 2-hour weekly sessions for parents/carers with children aged 0 to 5 years old

To discuss a referral into the programme, call 020 3045 5480 or email childrenscentres@bexley.gov.uk.

 

Park Run

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it’s up to you! The event takes place every Saturday at 9:00am at Danson Park, Bexley.

Park Run is free! but please register before you first come along. Only ever register with parkrun once and don’t forget to bring a scannable copy of your barcode. If you forget it, you won’t get a time.

You can visit their website here.

 

Ramblers Wellbeing walks

Ramblers Wellbeing Walks groups are found all over England and there should be some within easy reach of where you live.

All our short group walks are led by an experienced Ramblers Wellbeing Walks leader along tried-and-tested, easy to reach routes. Because you’ll be walking with others, you’ll feel safe, be supported, and have fun along the way. And everyone stays together, so you don’t need to worry about being left behind. We’re a friendly bunch too and you’ll get the warmest of welcomes.

Simply enter your location or postcode on their website here to find a group nearby.

 

Sport & Fitness

Keep active with sport and fitness activities and achieve a positive impact on your physical health and wellbeing.

For more information and a list of activities, visit the Bexley Gov website here.

 

 

Connected Bexley is a collaborative hub of information and guidance, which connects residents to local services and support.

To find out what’s available near you, enter your postcode on their website.

 

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