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Self Referral

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.

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.

Leith Library

A temporary library service for Leith is available at The Fort Community Centre until we are able to reopen the permanent service in Leith Library. Temporary service at Fort Community Centre, 25 North Fort Street
07510 383599

The Junction

The Junction is a safe, friendly, confidential centre which offers lots of health-related services, education and support for young people in Leith and North East Edinburgh aged 12-21.

LGBT Health and Wellbeing

Promoting the health, wellbeing and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT+) adults (16+) in Scotland. We welcome the entire diversity of our LGBT+ community including non-binary, queer, intersex, asexual people and all identities under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella.
0300 123 2523

The City of Edinburgh Council-NE Locality

Services delivered locally in Craigentinny, Duddingston, Leith, Leith Walk, Portobello and Craigmillar We can help you with *paying Council Tax and rent using a debit or credit card on our self-help kiosks at our North East Locality Office and Leith Library - we cannot accept cash payments *housing, including bidding on properties through Key to Choice *reporting noise and anti-social behaviour *information about grants for community projects *parks and green spaces *roads issues.
0131 529 3111

The Ripple

Started by local people, the Ripple harnesses the skills and enthusiasm of its dedicated volunteers to provide a wide range of well-used services in our community of Restalrig, Lochend & Craigentinny.

Chalmers Sexual Health Centre

Lothian Sexual and Reproductive Health Service provides a range of services at the Chalmers Centre in Edinburgh (see map below) and at local clinics across the Lothian area.

Gamblers Anonymous Scotland

Gamblers Anonymous Scotland is a fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about their own gambling addiction and help others

Edinburgh and Lothians Narcotics Anonymous

NA is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.

Crew 2000 – Mind altering

Crew neither condemns nor condones drug use: we exist to reduce harm, challenge perceptions and help people make positive choices about their use of cannabis, stimulant and other social drugs and sexual health by providing non-judgemental, credible and up to date information and support.

Turning Point Scotland Edinburgh

Turning Point Scotland Edinburgh services provide support to people experiencing problems with substance misuse. Based in Leith & Craigmillar the services provide a wide range of support based on harm reduction and moving towards recovery.

AA Edinburgh & Midlothian

People come to AA through many different means… chose the path that best suits you. If you want to speak to someone in your area who has found a solution to the problems they had as a result of their drinking you can call our helpline.
0800 917 7650

ELCA Counselling Service

This service works with people aged 18 years and over who are worried about their own drinking. It also supports people who are worried about the drinking of a family member, partner or friend.

Granton Information Centre

We have a trained team of Welfare Rights Advisers who provide free and independent benefits and money/debt advice for anyone who resides within our catchment areas. We also have trained Housing Advisers who can provide guidance and support to tenants who rent from private landlords/housing associations. All of the advice given by GIC Advisers is strictly confidential and by appointment only.
0131 551 2459 / 0131 552 0458

Citizens Advice Edinburgh

Citizens Advice Edinburgh (CAE) is a charity with 5 bureaux and 17 outreach points across Edinburgh. We provide advice, information and practical assistance. Our services are free, confidential, impartial and independent.

Edinburgh Young Carers

Edinburgh Young Carers. Youth matters. Edinburgh Young Carers is a voluntary organisation that provides respite and support to young people between the ages of 5 and 25 who care for somebody at home.

Carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian – VOCAL

Are you a carer living in Edinburgh or Midlothian? VOCAL supports unpaid carers through information, peer support and access to services.

Podiatry

The podiatry team is made up of Podiatrists, Podiatry assistants and admin staff who are responsible for delivering podiatry services across Lothian. All our Podiatrists are registered by the Health and Care Professions council (HCPC). We aim to help you to: • Relieve pain • Maximise function and mobility • Prevent or minimise deformity • Reduce the risk of ulceration and amputation. • Prevent future foot problems through health education • Self-care where appropriate
0131 537 4550

Physiotherapy

You can self-refer to physiotherapy for routine problems without contacting a GP. Please complete the self-referral form via the web link below and send to the address on the form and you will be contacted and offered an appointment in due course.
You can call 0800 917 9390 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri)

You’re Pregnant! Scans and Tests (BSL)

A range of tests and scans are offered during pregnancy. These can detect a number of conditions or illnesses early.

Sleepio

Self-referral web-based support for sleep problems.

SilverCloud – Self Referral

SilverCloud – interactive computer programme accessible without a referral for these packages: · Managing Stress · Managing Sleep · Developing Resilience · Managing During Covid-19 You will be asked to set up an account by creating a username and password. You will also be asked to enter a pin which is Scotland2020.

NeuroLove

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

Musculoskeletal (MSK) Services

This service can help by: finding out if you need to see a doctor, providing key information and advice to help with your problem, referring you to a physiotherapist or podiatrist if you need it.

Breathing Space – Feeling Low, Anxious or Stressed?

Breathing Space was launched in 2002 to address serious concerns about the mental wellbeing of people in Scotland. The service became a national phone line in 2004. Breathing Space complements the work of other phone lines and agencies which are endeavouring to reduce suicide rates in Scotland.
0800 83 85 87

Penumbra – Mental Health

We work to improve mental health and wellbeing across Scotland and offer services and support throughout the country, administered by Area Offices. We believe and statistics show that people can and do recover from significant mental health problems. Penumbra supports people to live fulfilling and contributing lives. By following our person centred model of HOPE. For us hope is a vital part of recovery and supporting people to have and hold hope for the future is a key part of our work.

Scotland’s Financial Health Service

Working together with various stakeholders from the financial advice and support sector, the Scottish Government has developed this website to provide a one stop shop for those who have money problems or are seeking general help with their financial worries. We are an impartial website and do not provide advice directly but our aim is to signpost those in need to the most appropriate area of support, ranging from debt solutions, borrowing, managing your money or general welfare concerns.

Care equipment and adapting your home

If you’re elderly, disabled or have a long term health condition and want help to live safely and independently in your home, using equipment, technology or making adaptations to your home may be a good option for you. This could include: getting equipment, like shower rails, adapting your home by installing a ramp or widening the doors, using everyday technology like computers or tablets to keep in touch with friends and family, or do your shopping online. Care Information Scotland can advise
0800 011 3200

Arranging or changing your DRS (Diabetic retinopathy screening) appointment

Most health boards have a diabetic retinopathy screening (DRS) service that can arrange appointments and answer any questions or problems you might have. When you receive your DRS invitation letter you might need to contact your local service to arrange a time to have the test. You can also ask for a new appointment if you fail to, or can no longer, attend your appointment.

Book your Midwife appointment online

Your first main appointment is your booking appointment (booking visit) with your midwife normally between 8 and 12 weeks of pregnancy. If you've just found out that you're pregnant, get the best start for you and your baby by making an appointment with a midwife Most Health Boards in Scotland allow patients to book directly without seeing your Doctor, if your Health Board area is not shown, then contact the Practice for further advice.

Request transport to your Healthcare Appointment

Patient Transport Service provides ambulances to patients who need support to reach their healthcare appointment, or for their admission to and discharge from hospital, due to their medical/clinical needs.
0300 123 1236

My Diabetes My Way

The NHS Scotland interactive diabetes website to help support people who have diabetes and their family and friends. You'll find leaflets, videos, educational tools and games containing information about diabetes. You can now also use this website to view your own up-to-date diabetes clinic results, to help you manage your condition more effectively.