In some instances your GP may refer you for a specialist opinion via the Referral Support Service.
What happens now?
Potential steps may include:
- Your GP may have a conversation, either in person or electronically, with a Specialist. In some cases the Specialist can provide your GP with advice on treatment options or tests, and in other cases an appointment would be more suitable for you.
- If you need an appointment the hospital will write to you.
Not all request for Specialist opinion require you to visit hospital. The local NHS is committed to enabling easy communication between GPs and Specialists to ensure your care is provided closest to your home whenever possible.
For more information about referrals:
If you have a query about your referral, please call:
01293 300270 every Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm.
Patients are also able to self-refer for certain services:
You can now refer yourself to physiotherapy without seeing the GP. Physiotherapists treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions such as joint pains, spinal pain, arthritis management, rehab following surgery, and sports injuries. Following a thorough assessment and discussion with yourself, the physiotherapy team use a combination of approaches such as advice and education, exercise, and manual therapy. Please note you have to be over seventeen to use the physiotherapy self-referral service.
You may be offered the most appropriate appointment for your condition and circumstances which may be a one-to-one appointment, a class or group, or you may be assessed and managed over the telephone. To refer yourself via the website please click on the following link: www.sussexmskpartnershipcentral.co.uk/physiotherapy .
Time To Talk
Time to talk are friendly, approachable services offering talking therapies to people who are struggling with stress, worry and anxiety, depression, panic attacks and agoraphobia, phobias, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, health anxiety, post natal depression, low esteem or self confidence, relationship difficulties and bereavement or reaction to loss. The online self-referral form for Time to Talk can be found here.
For those over eighteen suffering with COPD, diabetes or cardiac condition, Time To Talk is a self-referral service for patients who need support coming to terms with their condition and/or managing their illness. Please phone the helpline on 01273 666480, or go to the website www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/ttt and click on the red 'click here to self-refer' button.
To access the service
Did you know that a new support service is available at Gossops Green Medical? Prescription Plus is a way of linking patients from this surgery with support and activities within the local community to help improve your physical and mental wellbeing. The support is free or low cost and includes social groups, physical activities, counselling, information and advice around debt, housing and benefits, help with particular issues or conditions and more.
If you are aged 18 or over, have a long-term medical condition, and feel that this support could help you, please ask your GP for a referral into the service. A Prescription Plus Community Support Co-ordinator will meet with you, and help you to access the support you need.