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.

Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)

A service that provides assessment and treatment for people with recently occurring minor eye problems, provided by your local opticians.

Talking Changes

Talking Changes is a self-help counselling and talking therapy service for people living in the County Durham and Darlington area who are suffering with common mental health problems.
0191 333 3300

Sexual Health Clinics

These clinics are delivered by a highly skilled workforce including health advisors, doctors, sexual health nurses and support staff who can advise on any matters relating to sexual health.

Smoke Free Durham

Smoke Free Durham is a service that can support and advise on smoking cessation. They can offer tailored programmes to help you quit smoking
0800 772 0565


For those aged 16 years or older, registered with a GP in the North Durham, Derwentside, Durham Dales and Easington/Sedgefield area who are suffering with a musculoskeletal complaint, who feel they could benefit from Physiotherapy.
01388 455 200


Self-referral web-based support for sleep problems.

Citizens Advice County Durham

Citizens Advice County Durham provides free, impartial advice to those who need help on social matters such as debt, benefits, energy, housing options, pensions and much more.


We believe that young people are best placed to guide, support and empower their peers on issues relating to mental health and well being. 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.