What is Self-Referral?

Some areas within the NHS offer a self-referral service, which means you can arrange to meet with a specialist without having to see a doctor first. 

This service is particularly suitable for people with relatively simple conditions such as joint pain, strains and/or other injuries.  It is also available for those who require psychological services for the treatment of depression for example. 

If you have more complex needs please see your doctor first.

Physiotherapy Self-Referral

Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. It can also help to reduce your risk of injury or illness in the future.

It specifically deals with back, neck and shoulder pain as well as sporting injuries.   Self-referral is encouraged in this instance.  However, if your limited movement is as a result of stroke, MS, Parkinson’s, a heart attack, cystic fibrosis or any other complex illness please see your GP first.

If you would like to self-refer, please download and complete the relevant form below:

Carmarthenshire Physiotherapy Self-Referral Form

Ceredigion Physiotherapy Self-Referral Form

Pembrokeshire Physiotherapy Self-Referral Form

Podiatry (Foot care)

The podiatry self-referral service is available to all with podiatric/medical lower limb need.

During your appointment, your need will be assessed with advice and treatment  being offered in order to maintain and maximise your quality of life whilst encouraging an active life to ensure that your feet operate with normal function and without discomfort.  Some treatments will even be carried out within the surgery itself.

Carmarthenshire Podiatry Self-Referral Form

Ceredigion Podiatry Self-Referral Form

Pembrokeshire Podiatry Self-Referral Form

Counselling Self-Referral

You don’t have to have a diagnosis of a mental health issue in order to self-refer to the NHS psychological service.

You can self-refer if you have encountered any of the following:

  • panic attacks
  • struggling with flashbacks or nightmares
  • feeling low and hopeless
  • finding it hard to cope with work or relationships
  • bereavement
  • obsessive thoughts or behaviours
  • fear of social situations
  • constantly worrying about your health
  • phobias

Once you have contacted your local psychological therapies service, you will be contacted to organise an assessment.  If the service can help you they will recommend a therapy to suit your needs.

If your need is urgent please contact the Samaritans on 08457 909090 or email jo@samaritans.org

If you have suffered a bereavement and it is affecting your emotional, physical or social wellbeing, please contact Cruse Bereavement Care on 0800 288 4700 and choose Option 1 for Carmarthenshire, Option 2 for Ceredigion or Option 3 for Pembrokeshire. 

You could also contact Community Advice and Listening Line (CALL) on 0800 132737 which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone concerned for their own or someone else’s mental health.  Alternatively, IAWN will be able to help and advise you on your particular situation.