Sussex MSK Partnership East (SMSKPE) offers a self-referral service for physiotherapy. This service allows patients to access physiotherapy without needing to see their GP first. The advantage to you is that we get your referral quickly, in your own words, which helps us to make the best plan for your first appointment.
You will be able to easily find and follow the link from our front page, or at the bottom of this article, to start your self-referral.
For some frequently asked questions, see the guidance below.
Who is it for?
All patients aged 16 or older, living in East Sussex and registered to one of the GP practices listed here:
If you’re not sure if you are registered within our catchment area, feel free to get in touch with us to discuss.
What is it for?
If you have a problem that is affecting your bones, joints or muscles and would like an assessment from a physiotherapist, or have previously had successful physiotherapy that you would like to engage with again, fill out our online form and describe your issue in as much detail as possible.
Do I need to see my GP first?
No, you do not need to wait to see your GP if you would like physiotherapy. By self-referring instead, you will help reduce demand on primary care services and we’ll get your referral started much quicker.
Please note: If your symptoms are concerning you and you think there might still be a need to see a GP, please do so. If your doctor then advises physiotherapy, we will still accept that referral either from your GP or via self-referral.
What do I need?
You will need access to the online form. This can be completed on computers, tablets or mobile phones. It is important you provide information which is as accurate as possible to ensure you are offered the correct service to help your condition.
You will need your NHS number, which can be found here:
How long will I wait until I hear about my referral?
We should get your referral on the same day that you complete your from. From there, we will be in touch as soon as you have been forwarded to a provider. Provider waiting times can be found here:
What if I need to add or change any information?
Once we have received your self-referral, it will be reviewed to ensure that we have everything we need. We may be in touch if there are any questions.
If you believe you have forgotten to mention something, if anything changes or if you need to discuss your referral, feel free to ‘Get in touch’