Who should I see?

See the right person first

There are a range of services and trained health professionals working closely with your GP that might be better suited to help you. The clinicians running these services are experts in their field and can often provide more specialist care. This also frees up the GPs to see patients with more serious health problems.

Find out about the services available to you and how to access them by clicking on the links below.


Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals and can give you confidential health advice for a range of common illnesses and complaints, including: aches and pains sore throat coughs colds flu ... [continue] Pharmacists


We have physios that provide physiotherapy for our patients and those registered with other surgeries in Rural Rother as part of our Primary Care Network (PCN). If you have bone, ... [continue] Physio

Social Prescribers

There are times when we all need support to address life’s challenges. Knowing how to access available support locally can make a big difference. Social Prescribing helps you to explore ... [continue] Social Prescribers

Mental health self referral

We all go through low points at times in our lives and it is not unusual to experience symptoms such as stress, anxiety and depression. Find a wealth of information ... [continue] Mental health self referral

Minor Eye Conditions (MEC)

If you have a problem with your eyes, you can be treated by the local Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) at a local opticians. They have the specialist equipment required ... [continue] Minor Eye Conditions (MEC)


GPs are unable to treat or give prescriptions for dental problems, even if they are urgent. This is because they do not have the appropriate training or expertise for dental ... [continue] Dentists

One You: weight, exercise and smoking

One You East Sussex can help you get back to a healthier you and support you to make simple changes towards a longer and happier life. They provide tools, motivational ... [continue] One You: weight, exercise and smoking

Health & Social Care Connect

Health and Social Care Connect (HSCC) is the telephone contact centre for adult social care services in East Sussex (over 18 years). Some people need practical support to lead an ... [continue] Health & Social Care Connect


If you think you are pregnant, you can self-refer to the Community Midwives Team at  www.esht.nhs.uk/maternity-self-referral. They will guide you through your pregnancy and birth. It is also useful to ... [continue] Pregnancy

Sexual health

For advice on sex, sexual health and genital health, visit www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health If you’re worried you have got an Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) go for a check-up at a sexual health ... [continue] Sexual health

Falls prevention team

Falls and fall-related injuries are a common and serious problem for older people. People aged 65 and over have the highest risk of falling, with 30% of people over 65 ... [continue] Falls prevention team

Date published: 17th February, 2017
Date last updated: 26th June, 2023