Self Referral Services


For most specialist services the doctor or nurse will have to refer you.  However there are some instances where you can refer yourself.  These are listed below.

Minor Eye Conditions

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. It is for people of all ages registered with a GP in Heywood, Middleton or Rochdale.  Children under 16 years must be accompanied at their appointment by an adult.

Click here for more information.

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. 

Click here for more information or call 01706 751180.

Living Well

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

Click here for further information or call 01706 751190

Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service

This 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.  They are based at the Royal Oldham Hospital, but also provide support at Rochdale Infirmary and Fairfield Hospital when required.

Click here for further information or call 0161 656 1026


You can get 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.

Click here for further information or call 01706 603500.

Physio Direct

To self-refer you must be 16 years of age or over and have a musculoskeletal problem such as back pain, neck pain, a painful joint, and/or general soft tissues sprains and strains. This includes sports injuries, work related injuries and postural problems. Please note self-referral is for pain or symptoms affecting one area of your body only.

Click here for further information about this service.


Patient can now use this link to sef-refer to the midwives upon discoverying they are pregnant.

Rochdale Carers Hub

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.

Click here for further information or call 0345 0138 208

Turning Point

Every 30 minutes someone leaves Turning Point's services drink or drugs free. Turning Point offer you or a loved one a range of services depending on what you need, from detox and residential rehab to supported living and aftercare support.

Click here for further information.

National 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.

Click here for further information.

NUPAS - National Unplanned Pregnancy Advisory Service

This service offers free abortion treatments and free pregnancy testing, sexually transmitted infection screening and a fully comprehensive contraceptive service.

Click here for further information or call 0333 004 6666