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.


East Lothian Substance Use Service is a multidisciplinary nurse-led community-based service provided in partnership between NHS Lothian, MELDAP and East Lothian Integrated Joint Board. Based in Musselburgh the service specialises in the assessment, care and treatment of people experiencing a range of difficulties related to alcohol and/or drug use with interventions delivered by Mental Health Nurses experienced in substance use.
0131 446 4853


MELD aims to provide locally accessible, confidential and non-judgemental services to reduce alcohol and drug 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 339958

NHS Community Treatment & 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. Contact the CTAC service to make an appointment with them.
0300 790 6292

NHS Podiatry Service

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 patients. They also aim to reduce complications associated with conditions affecting the feet. Contact the Podiatry service to discuss how they can help you. To access their service, download the self-referral form from their website, then complete and return this to them.
0131 536 1627

NHS Minor Injuries Service

If you have a minor injury that needs urgent or immediate attention, you should call 111 to make an appointment with an expert in one of NHS Lothian’s Minor Injury Units. The MIU team can help adults and children aged over 12 months who have a recent minor injury that occurred within the last 7 days.

Pharmacy First

Your local pharmacy can provide you with expert help in treating a wide range of conditions. Under the Pharmacy First Scheme, you can (after consultation with a pharmacist) get prescription medication free of charge for various minor ailments. For more information, contact your local pharmacy.


Mypas are an award winning charity supporting children, young people (aged 10 to 21) and their families in East Lothian and Midlothian to deal with issues affecting their health and wellbeing including: mental health, LGBT+ support and drug and alcohol use.
0131 454 0757

NHS Physio/MSK Service in East Lothian

Are you aged over 16 and experiencing muscle and/or joint pain? The NHS Physiotherapy Service in East Lothian can offer help with a wide range of problems including those affecting necks, backs and shoulders. Their first point of contact is the MSK Advice Line. You don’t need a referral from a GP or other clinical professional to use this service, you can call the MSK Advice Line whenever you feel you need access to the physiotherapy service.
0300 3 690680, Mon-Fri 9-2pm

CWIC Mental Health

Feeling anxious, depressed or have other worries about your mental health? The CWIC Mental Health service can be contacted from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and you don’t need a referral from a GP or other clinical professional to use it. It’s for anyone aged 17 years and 9 months and over
0300 790 6292

Quit Your Way – the NHS Lothian Stop Smoking Service

Would you like to stop smoking but feel that you would benefit from a little extra help? Quit Your Way NHS Lothian is a service that supports people who are trying to give up smoking. Your local pharmacy can also offer advice and assistance for anyone wanting to stop smoking.
0131 537 9914

Sexual Health Clinic

The NHS Lothian Sexual Health service is running a clinic at Tranent Health Centre on Tuesday afternoons. This is for pre-booked appointments only, and there is no longer a drop-in clinic at Tranent. Further information on booking arrangements and the current services being provided by the NHS Lothian Sexual Health Service are available on their website, which can be accessed by clicking on the link.
0131 536 1070

Scottish Welfare Fund

Is a discretionary scheme which provides two types of grants. Community Care Grants Crisis Grants Scottish Welfare Fund helps families and people in Scotland who are on low incomes.

Living life to the full

Free online courses covering low mood, stress and resilience. Work out why you feel as you do, how to tackle problems, build confidence, get going again, feel happier, stay calm, tackle upsetting thinking and more. Our courses are free for individuals using them in their own lives.

Solihull Online Courses for parents/carers

The Scottish Government has negotiated access to Solihull Online. These are courses which help nurture a a caring and supportive relationship by carers and help understanding of the stages of a child's development from pregnancy through to 19 years through interactive activities. Courses available are; Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby, understanding your baby, understanding your child. understanding your teenager's brain. To access these for for FREE use the code TARTAN.


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.

Breathing Space – Open up when you are feeling down

Breathing Space is Scotland's mental health phone and Webchat service responding to people who are experiencing distress in their lives. It is an integral part of NHS 24's suite of mental health support services.
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.