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.

Our Rochdale – download our Health Apps

Our health and care apps library contains reliable, tried and tested health apps to choose from. All the apps in our app library are reviewed by experts for clinical safety and data security.

Rochdale Sexual Health Service (including Family Planning)

We provide free and confidential sexual health services in Rochdale. This includes information and advice on all types of contraception, STI testing and treatment. Our service is confidential, non-judgemental and for people of all ages, genders and orientations. Everyone is welcome and you don’t need to see a GP first. You can attend one of our walk-in clinics, book an appointment online or phone us.
0300 303 8565

MECS – Minor Eye Conditions Service

The Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) provides assessment and treatment for people with recently occurring minor eye conditions. The service is provided by MECS accredited optometrists. Who is the service for? It is for people of all ages registered with a HMR GP – adults and children. Children under 16 years must be accompanied at their appointment by an adult.

Thinking ahead

Thinking Ahead help everyday issues that affect your mental wellbeing and provide professional support for more common mental health difficulties, such as anxiety and depression. The Big Life Group is one of our partner organisations, and we provide the following as part of the Thinking Ahead service: Cognitive-behavioural therapy Eye movement desensitisation reprogramming (EMDR) for post-traumatic stress disorder Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.


We provide a comprehensive foot health service that includes the diagnosis, management and treatment of lower limb and foot dysfunction and their associated pathologies. Patients meeting the access criteria will be routed to the appropriate podiatry team member for assessment.

Living Well

We can support you with your lifestyle changes. Support is available with: Smoking cessation, Exercise, Feeling better all round, Oral health.

Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service

Physical, financial and emotional support to help you live life as fully as you can. The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service supports patients living in Oldham, Bury, Heywood, Middleton, and Rochdale. The service aims to provide a valuable resource to the community, offering a wide range of services to support people affected by cancer. We are based at the Royal Oldham Hospital, but we also provide support at Rochdale Infirmary and Fairfield Hospital when required.
0161 6561026

Direct to Midwife

The Direct to Midwife campaign is being rolled out across Rochdale borough, led by local midwives from Rochdale Infirmary. Pregnant women are being encouraged to contact their local community midwife as soon as they know they are pregnant. The campaign aims to encourage mums-to-be to contact their midwife as a first point of contact to access advice and antenatal care more quickly to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
01706 517223

Rochdale Carers Hub (Support for Carers)

The Carers Hub exists to ensure all carers have access to information, advice and a wide range of support services. These support services are designed to help carers continue in their caring role for as long as they choose and to reduce the impact the caring role can have on their own health and wellbeing.
0345 0138 208

Physio Direct

PhysioDirect is a new self-referral system to access some physio services within the Northern Care Alliance. It allows patients to access Physiotherapy services quickly and easily without having to see a GP first. Please be assured that any information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and is security protected. Any information you provide is transferred to the Physiotherapy administration team using a secure link which prevents unauthorised people from viewing your details


Self-referral web-based support for sleep problems.


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.