Self referral for local services

There are a number of local services that don’t require you to speak with your GP for a referral. Listed below are services that you are able to make a self referral to, reducing the time before you can access the service.

Sexual Health

Sexual Health clinics provide sexual health services for those with or without symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection and contraception including emergency contraception.

All services are confidential, you can attend a clinic without a medical referral anonymously. Any information given will not appear on your medical records without your permission.

Clinics offer a range of services that may include:

  • cervical smear testing
  • testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • ​advice about sexual health
  • free condoms
  • contraception, including emergency contraception
  • HIV testing
  • care of people who are HIV positive
  • PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) – medication that can help prevent people from developing HIV if they’ve been exposed to it
  • hepatitis B vaccination
  • advice about abortion
  • help for people who have been sexually assaulted

Department of Sexual Health (DoSH) Clinic

Welsh Eye Care Scheme

You can have an eye examination for free if you have an eye problem that occurs suddenly. Under the Eye Health Examination Wales (EHEW) initiative you are entitled to have your eyes examined free of charge by a registered optometrist if you have an eye problem that occured suddenly (acutely) which you think requires urgent attention.

You can also have an EHEW if you:

  • have been referred by your GP to an EHEW registered optometrist because of an eye problem
  • have sight in one eye only, i.e. you are effectively blind in your worse eye
  • have a hearing impairment and are profoundly deaf
  • suffer from retinitis pigmentosa
  • have Black African, Black Caribbean, Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi family origins
  • are at risk of eye disease by other reasons of race or family history.

You can self-refer to a local optometrist without the need to see a GP

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