Self-Referral and Active Signposting

There are many health and wellbeing services you can go to in Brighton and Hove without needing to see your GP first for a referral. Your local pharmacist can provide advice as well as treatments for minor ailments, and the table below lists some other key services that may be able to help you.

Receptionists at your General Practice are an important part of the practice team. A number of receptionists in the City are trained to be able to signpost you to some of these services if appropriate, to help you to see the right professional, first time, without adding a delay by seeing your GP first.

In order to do this, they are trained to ask you about the reason you require an appointment. You do not have to disclose this, however if you do, it may mean you get seen by the right professional sooner. If your practice receptionist offers you the opportunity to self-refer to one of these services but you would prefer to continue to request an appointment with a GP or nurse, they will be able to accommodate this as normal.

For more services available in the city please check the My Life website

British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS)

BPAS is a national organisation with a branch in Brighton. It offers pregnancy testing and advice, counselling around pregnancy options, contraception advice, miscarriage advice and treatment, foetal anomaly care, pregnancy termination/abortion, pre-abortion STI testing and post-abortion counselling and contraception.


Call: 03457 304030 (Phone lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Maternity Services

The Maternity sevice provides hospital-based maternity services at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath) and community-based maternity services, including homebirths. In addition specialist support services are offered for mental health, pregnancy loss, domestic abuse, travellers and teenagers.

Please note, the self-referral portal is only for use from 6 weeks of pregnancy onwards.


If you have any concerns during pregnancy please contact your midwife or maternity triage for advice.

Maternity Triage at Royal Sussex County Hospital
Call: 01273 664793(24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Maternity Triage at Princess Royal Hospital
Call: 01444 441881 extn 8176 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Mental Health Services

The Wellbeing Service

The Wellbeing Service provides access to one-to-one talking therapies such as CBT, group therapy e.g. for managing stress and online guided self-help (see below).


Call: 03000 020060 (8:00 - 18:00 Monday to Friday)

Guided Self-Care

Adults experiencing mild to moderate depression and anxiety can self-refer for guided self-help from a psychological wellbeing practitioner.


Mental Health Rapid Response Service

If you feel you are not able to keep yourself safe, and do not need immediate medical assistance, you should contact the Mental Health Rapid Response Service which is able to offer immediate support:

 Call: 03003 040078 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)


Call: 116 123 (free number) or ;01273 772277
Visit: Samaritans, Dubarry House, Newtown Road, Hove,BN3 6AE

Sussex Mental Health Helpline

The Sussex Mental Healthline is a telephone service offering support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression. The service is also available to carers and healthcare professionals

Call: 03005 000101 (17:00 - 9:00 Monday to Friday and 24 hours at weekends and Bank Holidays)

Pavilions (for drug and alcohol misuse)

Provides drug and alcohol services for adults residing in Brighton & Hove (BN1, BN2, BN3, BN41 postcodes). Support is available to anyone concerned about their drug or alcohol use, or for the families & carers supporting those struggling with substance misuse.


Call: 01273 731900

For people under 18 years old, please contact RUOK? instead. RU OK? is a drugs and alcohol misuse service for under 18s.

Call: 01273 293966.


Sexual Health

Sexual Health and Contraception Service

A free and confidential service providing sexual health screening and testing (including chlamydia screening and HIV testing) and advice on reversible contraception including emergency contraception (the ‘morning after pill’), health promotion and condom provision. Walk-in clinics and pre-booked appointments are available at 3 locations. 

Please note, this service is not appropriate for requests for repeat prescriptions of the contraceptive pill, erectile dysfunction or cervical smear tests (except for HIV positive women and those with exceptional vulnerability).


Call: 01273 242091

Brighton Station Health Centre Walk-in Sexual Health clinic

Walk-in and pre-bookable appointments available.

Please note, this service is not appropriate for Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV, long-acting contraceptives such as the coil, long-term management of conditions such as HIV, liquid nitrogen treatment for warts, or cervical smear tests.

Call: 03333 210946

Drop-in Sex, Worries and You Clinic (for under 24 year olds)

A drop-in clinic for young people under 24 years old residing in the City. The clinics are offered throughout the week at different practices. For more details about clinic times, please see the practice websites.



Emergency Dental Service

If your own dentist is closed, the Emergency Dental Service will give you an appointment at one of several practices around Brighton and Hove.

Contact: 03001 231663 (09:00-17:00 Monday to Friday)


If you need urgent help outside normal working hours, call the NHS 111 line (free from landlines and mobiles).


iDental Care

iDental Care Limited offers emergency NHS out of hours dental service.

Call: 03000 242548 (17:30-22:30 Monday-Friday, 9:00-17:30 weekends)

Food Partnership (Weight Management)

A non-profit organisation that helps people learn to cook, to eat a healthy diet, to grow their own food, and to waste less food. You can join one of their free programmes to learn how to manage your weight. 

Call: 01273 431703 (9am – 5pm)

Health Trainers

Health Trainers

Health trainers offer one-to-one advice, support and encouragement to help you make a positive change to your health. You must be interested in one of:

  • eating more healthily 
  • becoming more physically active
  • drinking less alcohol
  • quitting smoking

Call: 01273 296877 (9:00 – 17:00)

Health Visiting Service

The aim is to ensure all children aged 0-5 years receive early intervention, prevention and health promotion services which will help them achieve their optimum health and well-being. Health Visiting is provided through the Brighton and Hove Children Centres. See the list of locations on the website to find opening hours and contact details. 


MyLife Brighton and Hove - Local and National services

My Life is an easy-to-use, online directory listing local Brighton & Hove and national organisations and service to support everyday living. 


It's Local Actually; Local Free and Low-Cost Activities

Feeling lonely or disconnected? Search our database of free or low cost activities in your area.  If you want to get out and about more, meet new people or just want to know what’s going on in your area, we can help you.  


Mental Health Services for Children and Young People


Young people who are experiencing mental health or emotional wellbeing difficulties can access a range of services locally in Brighton and Hove via FindGetGive. The site offers advice and support on a range of low to moderate mental health or emotional wellbeing issues  such as anxiety, depression, self-harm and eating disorders  as well as  signposting to services that are more specialist where your need is greater.  All services accept self-referral and some offer drop-in sessions.

FindGetGive for parents and carers

There is help and support for parents and carers and a new parent/carer online forum on the FindGetGive 



You can contact Childline about anything. Whatever your worry, it is better out than in. Childline can support you and help you find ways to cope
Call: 0800 1111

Money Advice

Money Advice Plus is a registered charity (Money Advice & Community Support Service) based in Brighton & Hove, helping and supporting people experiencing difficulty managing their money or financial affairs.


Call: 01273 664000 (9:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00; Office phone for general info) or 

08009 887037 (15:00-19:00 Monday, 10:00-140 Tuesday, 12:30-16:30 Wedneasday and Thursday, and 10:00-14:00 Friday; Moneyworks Advice Line for debt & welfare benefit advice)