There are many services you can go to in Brighton and Hove without needing to see your GP (or practice nurse) first for a referral.
Receptionists at Warmdene are an important part of our team and, a number of them have been trained to be able to signpost you to some of these services if appropriate, known locally as 'Active Signposting'.
This will help you see the right professional, first time, without the delay of seeing a GP first.
In order to do this, our Receptionists are trained to ask you about the reason for your appointment. You do not have to disclose this - however, if you do, it may mean you get seen by the right professional sooner.
If our receptionist offers you the opportunity to self-refer to one of these services, but you would prefer to continue to request an appointment with a GP or nurse, they will be able to accommodate this as normal.
For information about which services are available for self-referral within Brighton and Hove follow the link here which will take you to the Brighton and Hove CCG website.
You can now self-refer to physiotherapy - click here for further information on the physiotherapy service and advice on common musculo-skeletal conditions (such as tennis elbow or low back pain) OR if you would like to self-refer please click the following link.
Remember, if you need help with a minor health concern - you can visit your local pharmacy for help and advice - click on the banner below.
Click on the video below:
Alternatively, for more services available in the city check the My Life website.
Social Prescribing is a (non-medical) service that aims to help people improve both their health and wellbeing. It sees a broad range of people with differing social, emotional and practical needs, helping them access the right resources (e.g. groups, courses, activities, information, social connections, services, support, etc.) to meet those needs.
View the ‘What is social prescribing?’ video here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9azfXNcqD8
Social Prescribing Link Workers can support you to identify what is important to you and to set your own goals. They can then help you explore a range of options, such as groups, activities or services that can support you. Social Prescribing Link Workers go beyond simply providing information. They are able to listen, encourage you to try something new, help you find the right support and resources to meet your individual needs and make referrals for you, where necessary.
Claire Baker is our Social Prescribing Link Worker and you can refer yourself by:
• contacting Claire directly on 01273 900423
• OR by completing the online form at: https://togetherco.org.uk/contact-us (please add the name of your GP practice in the ‘Message’ box)
• OR you can ask any member of staff at your GP practice to refer you to Social Prescribing.