Due to COVID-19, the opening hours and access to these services may differ from what is noted here. Please contact the individual services for more information on the current hours and access.
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.
Open Road Drug and Alcohol Services
The aim of this service is to empower a diverse range of individuals, families and communities to lead healthy and more meaningful lives, free from addiction, offending behaviour and disadvantage, to ensure healthier, happier lifestyles.
Live Well Link Well
Live Well Link Well is a free and confidential social prescribing service that provides practical or emotional support of a non-medical nature.Our team, of friendly Live Well Link Well workers work in partnership with GP surgeries across mid Essex. They will give you time, and can help you to access appropriate support within the local community. If you are living in mid Essex and aged over 18, you can contact the service directly without having to go through your GP.
0300 303 9988 (Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm)
Vita Health Group – Making People better
Vita works in partnership with the NHS throughout the UK to provide mental and physical health services directly to local residents. Patients can self refer online.
01268 977 171
Essex Sexual Health
We provide free, confidential, non-judgemental service available to the people of Essex regardless of sex, age, ethnic origin and sexual orientation.
0300 003 1212
Maternity services at our MSE hospitals
Our maternity staff across our mid and south Essex hospitals are committed to providing high quality maternity care for women and their families during pregnancy, labour and after the birth of their baby. Please complete a self referral form once your pregnancy has been confirmed. Once the form has been completed please submit your application, all tests and appointments will then be sent.
We believe that young people are best placed to guide, support and empower their peers on issues relating to mental health and well being. Neurolove.org is a site set up to support young people manage the changing times we are currently living in.
0151 547 7703
NHS stop smoking services help you quit – Quit smoking
Local stop smoking services are free, friendly and can massively boost your chances of quitting for good.
0300 123 1044
NUPAS (national unplanned pregnancy advisory service)
We offer abortion treatments and free pregnancy testing, sexually transmitted infection screening and a fully comprehensive contraceptive service.
0333 004 6666
Marie Stopes UK
You don’t need a GP referral to access NHS funded abortion care.We've been helping people with their reproductive health options for over 40 years. We provide NHS-funded and self-funded abortion and vasectomy care through our network of local clinics all over England. You can give us a call whenever you need us. Our advice line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
0345 300 8090
Find a psychological therapies service in England
You can refer yourself directly to a psychological therapies service (IAPT) without seeing your GP.These services offer therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), for common problems including: stress, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and phobias
NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) identifies those at diabetes high risk and refers them onto a behaviour change programme.