Self Referrals

 

A wide range of services are available without needing a referral from your GP.

View details of services you can self-refer to

Addiction

Struggling with alcohol or drug addiction? Turning point offer a dedicated service to promote your wellbeing and recover from addiction.

Refer yourself online or alternatively call 01865 261690.

For more information visit Oxfordshire Roads to Recovery - Turning Point

Adult Autism Assessment

Oxfordshire Adult Autism and Support Service (OAADSS) provide free autism assessments to adults in the Oxfordshire area. They also provide free post-diagnosis support. This includes learning about the diagnosis, reasonable adjustments and applying for benefits. They also help you find other services you might need.

Visit the OAADSS website to refer yourself for an autism assessment.

Bereavement Counselling

Cruse are the UK's leading bereavement charity. They offer support through their website, national helpline, group, zoom, telephone or one-to-one in person support.

Please call 0808 808 1677 or visit the Cruse website for more information.

Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU)

The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU) is a community service which cares for women in the early stages of pregnancy (up to 16 weeks). They can help if you are experiencing pain, bleeding or other problems relating to your pregnancy.

Please see the following website for more information or call 01865 221142. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. Outside of these hours please call the Gynaecology Ward: 01865 222001 or 01865 222002.

Community Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU) - Rose Hill - Women's Services

Eye Conditions

Oxfordshire Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)

This free NHS service is available to people aged more than six years in Oxfordshire and registered with an Oxfordshire GP.

Minor Eye Conditions Service - Oxfordshire LOC

Conditions treated include:

  • dry, gritty, irritable and uncomfortable eyes
  • foreign body in the eye
  • red eye or eyelids
  • ingrowing eyelashes
  • watery discharge
  • recent and sudden changes in vision.

If you have one of the above or another minor eye condition you can refer yourself for an appointment with an optometrist. Click on the link above and select ‘find a MECS practice’. Please then call one of the opticians on the list and inform them that you are using the minor eye conditions service.

Eye emergencies

If you have an eye emergency (see list below), please do not go to Oxford Eye Hospital straightaway. Instead call the specialised telephone triage number - 01865 234567 then select option 1 followed by option 1.
Lines are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm and Saturday to Sunday 8.30am to 3.30pm (including Bank Holidays).

You will be able to speak to an ophthalmic health professional who will advise you. If you are advised to attend Eye Casualty, please do not drive yourself - you may need pupil-dilating drops which prevent driving for up to four hours. Bring any spectacles you wear and a list of your prescribed medication.

If you need advice out of hours, please phone NHS 111 or your out of hours GP practice.

If you have an eye trauma, chemical splash or severe eye pain out of hours, please phone NHS 111 first and they will allocate a time for you in the Emergency Department (A&E).

What is an eye emergency?
  • Chemical liquids splashed in the eye.
  • An injury to the eye in which the eye ball or lids are lacerated or objects enter the eye, such as sharp instruments or metal.
  • A suddenly blind and painful eye which causes sickness and general feeling of being unwell.
  • After an eye operation, a suddenly painful, red, swollen eye in which the vision has unexpectedly deteriorated.
  • Patients following corneal graft surgery in which there is no pain, but for whom vision has rapidly deteriorated.
  • Shadows or 'curtaining' in the field of vision which is painless but may be associated with flashing lights or an increase in seeing black specks or blobs (floaters).
  • A red and painful eye associated with wearing contact lenses.
  • Painful eyes.
  • Sudden loss of vision with no other symptoms.

Hearing Problems

Concerned about your hearing? Adults aged 55 and over can refer themselves for an NHS funded hearing test and if appropriate, NHS funded hearing aids can be fitted. Please note if your hearing loss is very sudden and affects one ear you should speak to your GP first. This service may also be available to patients who already have hearing aids. Appointments are usually provided within 7 days. For more information please see the website below or call 01865 507280.

NHS Hearing Aids - Oxon / Bucks NHS Audiology Service

Maternity Assessment Unit

If you are over 16 weeks pregnant and have concerns or questions about your own or your baby’s wellbeing, please call the Maternity Assessment Unit on 01865 220221. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mental Health

Oxfordshire Talking Therapies

Felling low, anxious or stressed? Oxfordshire talking therapies offer a range of free services such as counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which are effective treatments for a range of mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Please refer yourself using the link below. If you are aged between 16-18 you will need to be referred to Oxfordshire Talking Therapies by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Referrals to CAMHS can be completed by school teachers or your GP.

NHS Oxfordshire Talking Therapies

Oxford Safe Haven

A specialised safe haven offering a late-night safe space for people experiencing mental health crisis has opened off Cowley Road in Oxford. Oxford Safe Haven (OSH) offers additional out-of-hours support for adults living with mental illness in Oxfordshire. People must call ahead to hold a place at the drop-in in Manzil Way, Oxford, for immediate mental health support in a non-medical environment. To self-refer to Oxford Safe Haven ring 01865 903037 or 07710 092849. Please see the following website for more information:

The Oxford Safe Haven - Oxfordshire Mind

New Pregnancy

If you have just found out you are pregnant, congratulations!

To register your pregnancy, you can now complete an online referral form or call the Midwifery team directly on 01865 220457. An initial appointment with your GP is no longer necessary unless you are on regular medication or have existing medical conditions which may impact your pregnancy. If that is the case, please contact us and we will let you know if an appointment is needed.

Please note that we do not offer routine pregnancy tests to confirm pregnancy. If you are unsure about whether your pregnancy test is positive please speak to your local pharmacist to ensure the test kit you have purchased is reliable. If the result is still uncertain please wait a week and repeat the test.

NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

If you've been diagnosed with prediabetes or had gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) before, you're more likely to develop diabetes in the future. The NHS offers one-on-one or group sessions to educate patients about lifestyle changes that can reduce this risk. To qualify for this program, your HbA1c should be between 42-47 mmol/mol or Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG) between 5.5-6.9 mmol/l within the last 12 months. Or, if you've had GDM before, your HbA1c should be less than 42 mmol/mol (< 6.0%) or FPG less than 5.5mmol/l.

Please visit Living Well Taking Control for more information and to refer yourself.

Parent-Infant Relationship Support

Oxford Parent-Infant Project (OXPIP) provide specialist therapeutic support, from conception to two years, for infants and parents who need assistance to establish and build close and nurturing relationships. Please see the following website for more information. Click on the ‘make a referral’ tab and then select ‘complete online form’ at the bottom of the page.

Visit the Oxford Parent-Infant Project website

Physiotherapy

If you have a musculoskeletal condition (those affecting the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments) you can refer yourself for an assessment and treatment with a physiotherapist using the following link:

PhysioNow powered by Phio - Connect Health

For more information about this service please visit Oxfordshire - Connect Health

Relationship Counselling

Relate is a charity that offers a range of free counselling services including relationship counselling, family counselling, mediation, children’s counselling, young people’s counselling and sex therapy. Please see the following website for more information:

Visit the Relate website

Sexual Health

Oxfordshire sexual health service

Oxfordshire sexual health service offer a range of clinics in different locations around Oxfordshire. Most of these are by appointment only so please don’t drop in. Services offered include STI testing, emergency contraception, contraception, PEPSE, PrEP, HIV care and sexual assault support.

Please call 01865 231231 or visit Sexual Health Oxfordshire for more information.

Smoking Cessation

Stop for Life Oxon provide free support to people who want to quit smoking in Oxfordshire. They offer flexible programmes with varying amount of support depending on your level of need. You’re three times more likely to stop smoking with their help.

Please visit Stop For Life Oxon

Termination of Pregnancy (Abortion)

MSI Choices

MSI choices are am NHS funded service who specialise in treatment, advice and support for women considering abortion.

Visit the MSI Choices website for more information

Weight Loss

Achieve Oxfordshire

Achieve Oxfordshire offer a range of free 12-week programmes to help you lose weight. This includes a new programme called gloji energy for children aged 4-12.

Visit Achieve Oxfordshire for more information and to self-refer if you are eligible.

My Planned Care

Millions of patients on the waiting list for NHS care will be able to access support and check wait times at their fingertips thanks to a new online platform called My Planned Care.

The platform will allow patients and their carers to access information ahead of their planned appointment, operation or treatment through the touch of a button.

Visit My Planned Care

My Planned Care