Submit a Self-Referral


NHS Lothian accepts self referrals for several of its specialist departments. Self referrals can be made by completing and posting the provided application form or by telephoning the clinic directly.

NHS Lothian Podiatry Department

The Podiatry service provides a high quality, fully comprehensive foot health service for conditions affecting the lower limb. They assess, treat and advise patients with foot health disorders in order to maintain and maximise their quality of life and so encourage a healthy active life with feet that function normally and without discomfort.

Podiatry Application Form.

More information can be found on the Edinburgh Community Health Partnerships Podiatry Department webpage.

Edinburgh Community Physiotherapy Service

Edinburgh Community Physiotherapy Service serves Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership. The role of the Community Physiotherapy Service is to provide a skilled, accessible and equitable musculoskeletal and rehabilitation service for the population of the City of Edinburgh , in a variety of out-patient, domiciliary and hospital environments.

They have a number of self-referral services available, such as for those with neurological problems, bladder problems, for those requiring walking aids, as well as those who need help and advice for muscle, back or joint problems.

You can find out more about these services, including the self-referral forms, on the
NHS Lothian Physiotherapy service website.

Lothian Stop Smoking Services

The Stop Smoking service provides support to anyone wishing to give up smoking. There are several ways to help you stop, so you can find the one that best suits your lifestyle.

South Edinburgh smokefree service can be contacted on 0131 537 7154.

If you are a young person you can also call or text 07964 247 482.

There is also the Community Pharmacy scheme within Lothian, where you can find a pharmacy close to you for motivation, one-to-one support as well as Nicotine Replacement Therapy. The following are pharmacies participating in the scheme for the South Central Edinburgh area:

Bruntsfield, Lloyds Pharmacy, 129 Bruntsfield Place
Bruntsfield, Paton & Finlay, 177 Bruntsfield Place
Comiston, Lindsay & Gilmour Chemist, 18-20 Comiston Rd
Craiglockhart, Craiglockhart, Pharmacy 2 Craiglockhart Rd Nth
Dalry Springwell, Pharmacy, 3 Ardmillan Terrace
Fairmilehead, Alliance Pharmacy, 10A Buckstone Terrace
Grange, Grange Pharmacy, 2 Beaufort Rd
Marchmont, W King & Son, 142 Marchmont Rd
Marchmont, Marchmont Pharmacy, 26 Marchmont Rd
Morningside, Lorimer Pharmacy, 153 Morningside Rd
Newington, Hutchison Pharmacy, 2 Fountainhall Rd
Tollcross, Boots, Ltd 16-20 Earl Grey St
Tollcross, Tollcross Pharmacy, 48 Home St

More information can be found at the NHS Lothian website, or at

NHS Minor Ailments Service

Everyone can go to their pharmacist for advice or to buy a medicine for a minor illness or ailment. But this is a new NHS Service for people, including children who don’t pay for prescription charges. It means that if your pharmacist thinks you need it then they can give you a medicine on the NHS without you having to pay for it. It will also save you making an appointment with your GP simply to get a prescription.

More information can be found in the following booklet or on the NHS Lothian website.

You can find your nearest participating pharmacist here on NHS Inform.

NHS Pharmacy First Service

The NHS Lothian Pharmacy First service has been launched. This will enable pharmacists to assess and treat, if appropriate, women aged 16-65 presenting with uncomplicated UTIs or patients with mild impetigo.

Pharmacists are able to prescribe a course of trimethoprim for UTIs and fusidic acid cream for impetigo without the need for you to see a GP.

For more information as well as patient information leaflets on this service you can visit the NHS Lothian website page on this service

You can find your nearest participating pharmacist here on NHS Inform.

NHS Lothian Sexual Health Termination Service

Unplanned pregnancy is very common; around half of all pregnancies are unplanned. As many as one in three women in the UK has an abortion at some time in their life. The decision to have an abortion (termination of pregnancy, TOP) is not easy and it can be a very emotional time for those involved; talking it through with experienced professionals can help.

You don’t have to be referred for a termination via a GP in Lothian any more. Instead you can self-refer by calling 0131 536 2454 between the hours of 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday.

Please ensure you are able to speak privately when you call. You will be asked for some personal details relating to your appointment.

You will have your first appointment at the Chalmers Centre, or St Johns Hospital if you live in West Lothian.

For further information please visit the Lothian Sexual Health website.