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.

Community Links Worker

The key role of the Community Link Worker is to improve health and wellbeing and enable people to live well through strengthening connections to non-clinical community resources. Links workers can help support you with issues like mental health problems, stress, housing issues, finance/debt, domestic abuse, self esteem, relationship issues, loneliness and benefits issues. If would like to be referred to our Community Links Worker please contact reception or speak to your GP.
01620 825497

CWIC Mental Health

The ELHSCP CWIC Mental Health line is open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday. You don’t need a referral from a GP or other clinical professional to use it. It’s for anyone aged 18 and over.
01620 642 963

Mid and East Lothian Drugs (MELD)

MELD aims to provide locally accessible, confidential and non-judgemental services to reduce substance misuse-related harm to individuals, families and the wider community across Midlothian and East Lothian You can find out more about the services provided by MELD and how to self refer on their website.
07843 339 958

NHS Pharmacy First

Your local pharmacist can provide expert help for treating conditions such as sore throats, earache and cold sores, along with common clinical conditions such as urinary tract infections (UTI's). Pharmacy teams offers advice, treatment or referral to other healthcare teams if required. Boots Haddington: 01620 823349 Market Street Pharmacy: 01620 823557 Right Medicine : 01620 822361

Podiatry (Foot Care)

Podiatrists assess, diagnose and treat people with foot, ankle and lower limb problems to alleviate pain, maximise function and promote self management, to improve the overall quality of life and independence of our patients. We also aim to reduce complications associated with conditions affecting the feet.
0131 536 1627

Musculoskeletal Service (MSK) – Physiotherapy

When you call the MSK service a member of the team will take your details and make an appointment for you for a telephone review with an advanced physiotherapy practitioner. The advanced practitioner will then call you back at convenient time for you, assess you over the phone and offer advice. All you have to do to access this service is to phone Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 11:30.
01620 642968

Minor Injuries Service

If you have a minor injury please dial NHS 24 on 111 to be referred to the right service. They will arrange an appointment if you need to attend hospital. Or, if appropriate, they can schedule an appointment with Call MIA for a confidential assessment by video call with a qualified Nurse Practitioner.

Community Treatment and Care (CTAC)

CTAC services include removal of sutures/staples after operations or injuries; wound care (including management of leg ulcers or wounds after surgery), ear syringing (following assessment by the team) and some blood tests requested by specialist hospital teams, for example Chemotherapy blood tests and Virtual Haematology bloods.
0131 446 4227

Midlothian Young Persons Advice Service (MYPAS)

MYPASS help young people (aged 12 to 21) to deal with issues including: mental health and drug and alcohol use.
0131 454 0757

Stopping Smoking

QUIT YOUR WAY – Local Stop Smoking Support * Free support, advice and products in Haddington —  Newton Port Surgery * Thursday mornings at   —  Appointments 9:30am to 12 noon.
0131 537 9914

East Space

Eastspace is East Lothian’s online source of mental health and wellbeing information. Patients can find information on local services, self help materials and local news and events.

NHS inform

NHS inform provides advice on guidance on all aspects of medical care in NHS Scotland from self help to registering with a GP or Dentist to service directories.

Royal Voluntary Service (RVS)

The RVS can offer transport for patients to GP appointments and to Covid Vaccine appointments. If you need this service please contact the practice on 01620 825497. The RVS can also offer practical and emotional support and social activities to provide connection, companionship and enjoyment through their befriending service
01875 811 011

ELCAP

ELCAP is a local charity which provides care and support for individuals who are affected by learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health problems.
01875 814114

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) Helpline

The helpline is operated by the Musculoskeletal Advice and Triage Service (MATS) and is provided by fully trained call operators, nurses and physiotherapists. 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

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.