Self-Referral Services and Self-Care Advice
Self-Referral Services and Self-Care advice
This part of our website provides you with lots of information and advice for common conditions. There are many services which you can self-refer to without needing to consult your doctor or nurse. There are also links to self-help information which you can use to treat or manage your condition at home.
Our doctors and nurses have collected these resources and encourage patients to use them. We hope our patients will learn more about their conditions and how to manage them and, where it is possible, to access other services and resources without needing to make an appointment at the surgery.
e-Consult Online Service
The eConsult service is available in the mornings from 7:00 am to 12:00pm.
Try this online service if you need:
- Self-help information about a wide range of conditions or
- Advice from one of our doctors.
- You can also make administrative requests.
eConsult is available to all patients who are registered at the practice.
Click the eConsult link to start using the service.
Survivors’ Network support survivors of sexual violence and abuse in Sussex. They understand that a healing journey starts with a small step and are here to help you.
Survivors’ Network have been providing Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) support to adult survivors of sexual violence across West Sussex for just over a year, expanding on and working in partnership with the existing support for survivors in West Sussex provided by Worth Services, and the therapeutic support provided by Lifecentre.
ISVAs provide practical and emotional support and information to survivors of sexual violence who have reported their experiences to the police or are thinking about doing so. Survivors’ Network also have a specialist Multiple and Complex Needs ISVA who can provide advocacy support on a range of issues to survivors of sexual violence facing additional barriers to accessing support.
More information about the services offered can be found here: https://survivorsnetwork.org.uk/get-help/isva-service/
Survivors can self-referral themselves for support here: https://survivorsnetwork.org.uk/get-help/refer-yourself/
Their excellent website provides lots of information for survivors and those who are supporting them.
Live Well with Pain
If you are struggling to manage with persistant pain you might find some real help by visiting this website.
My Live Well with Pain is completely free to use resource. It is full of trusted techniques that people with persistent pain have found useful in helping them to get on with their lives and live well with pain.
Click here to visit the website.
Type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes are two totally different conditions.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition whereas type 2 diabetes (which is very much more common, and is managed by our nurses in the Practice), can be considered an intolerance to sugar, or insulin resistance.
Click here to visit our new Diabetes Advice page to find out more about the management of this disease.
We have developed a new section of our website, raising awareness of the symptoms and treatments available. You can visit it here.
Menopausematters is an award winning, independent website providing up-to-date, accurate information about the menopause, menopausal symptoms and treatment options.
Here you will find information on what happens leading up to, during and after the menopause, what the consequences can be, what you can do to help and what treatments are available.
Click to visit the website.
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Maternity Triage and Advice Line
Call 01903 285269
This service is run by a small group of experienced midwives with a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of maternity care, antenatal, labour and postnatal.
The team is available 7 days a week between 7.30 am – 8.30 pm.
When calling outside these times your call can be transferred to the labour ward where you can speak to a midwife.
This service is provided by the Coastal Musculoskeletal Outpatient dept.
If you are aged over 16, you can refer yourself to their physiotherapy service with musculoskeletal problems such as
- muscle and joint pain,
- sports injuries,
- back or neck pain, or
- sprains and strains.
Visit their website and download a form.
Adult Social Care
This service is run by West Sussex County Council. Amongst other things, they will talk with you about your circumstances, or those of the person you are concerned about, and help you find information and advice about services and support in your local community. You can self-refer by using a form on their website.
Bedwetting and Potty Training
Bedwetting (also known as nocturnal enuresis) affects around half a million children and teenagers in the UK. It's an issue families can find very isolating and difficult to talk about openly. It can take a huge toll on family life and affect children's self-esteem and emotional well-being.
The good news is you don't need to wait until children grow out of bedwetting - treatment is available and recommended from the age of 5 years.
The ERIC (The Children's Bowl and Bladder charity) website has lots of information and practical tips about treating this common childhood condition and ways to make life a little bit easier.
They also have excellent tips for potty training and many other Bowel and Bladder problems.
Click to visit the website.
You can self-refer to the Minor Injuries Unit at Bognor Memorial Hospital for conditions including:
- Acute limb injuries such as fractures, wounds, sprains and strains (excluding potential hip or thigh fractures).
- Minor head injuries including wounds to head and face (excluding children under 1year and those with associated neck injury, loss of consciousness or any vomiting).
- Wounds caused by trauma.
- Foreign bodies in eyes, ear or nose.
- Rib injuries.
- Minor back injuries (excluding chronic conditions or major trauma).
- Insect and animal bites and stings.
- Burns and scalds.
Telephone the Unit on 01243 865418
Call 111 or visit 111 Online
111 online is a fast and convenient alternative to the 111 phone service and provides an option for people who want to access 111 digitally.
Your needs will be assessed, and you will be given advice about whether you need to:
- Treat yourself at home
- Go to a Primary Care Centre
- If you need face to face medical attention you may be asked to attend a Primary Care Centre.
Click here to access NHS 111 online or call 111 to speak to a staff member.
Housing, Debt management and Social issues.
Selsey Care Shop provides access to the projects run by Selsey Community Forum.
The shop works with local community groups, churches, charities, businesses and statutory organisations to coordinate and deliver a wide range of support for the local community including; housing, debt management and social issues.
Monday to Friday 9am until 4pm. Saturday 9am until 1pm.
121 High Street, Selsey Telephone 01243 201616
Wellbeing issues (weight loss / smoking)
Chichester Wellbeing Service provides advice and support on how to make small changes to improve your health and wellbeing, including how to stop smoking or drinking, how to become more active, how to make your meals healthier or how do develop a healthy mind.
You can self-refer by downloading a form from the website
Sexual Health, Contraception & HIV services
The Sexual Health Service in West Sussex is managed by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust. It is free and confidential and available to everyone, regardless of where you live; your age; sexual behaviour or orientation.
You can attend any of their clinics which offer a range of services including:
- Sexual health and well being
- Testing for and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Contraception and emergency contraception
- Free condoms provided
- HIV/AIDS advice; testing and treatment
- Psychosexual counselling
To make an appointment complete their online form or call the central booking line on 01903 285199
Vaginal Swab Tests
Guidance for taking your own swabs
It is possible for you to take swabs at home.
Following discussion with your doctor you may be given one or two swabs with associated labels, forms and bags.
We have created instructions and photographs on this website to show you what to do. Follow the links for the type of swab you have been given.
It is a good idea to read and familiarise yourself with the instructions before starting.