Some patients prefer to arrange care without going through their GP. This is sometimes termed a self-referral. This page contains information that you may need if you wish to refer yourself for mental health care. The link to start the process is below, followed by further information.
Adult Self Referrals
We are happy if you would like to refer yourself or a friend / family member for care. Just complete our self referral form. We’ll be in touch to arrange an appointment.
Accessing CAMHS Services
We are currently only accepting CAMHS referred by their GP. You can find more details about how to request help and an indication of waiting times here.
Will Your Insurance Company Cover Self Referral?
Please note that most insurance companies will not accept patients referring themselves. If you have a health insurance policy, we advise you to contact your insurance provider for further information about their policies.
- If your care is funded by a health insurance policy, ensure they are happy that you self refer and will provide cover.
- Complete the self-referral form which can be found at the bottom of the page.
- We will be in touch to arrange an appointment
About Self Referrals
At Cardinal Clinic, we prefer patients to be referred by the GP for mental healthcare. This is for the following reasons:
- It is recognised as being good practice
- It ensures that we are aware of any physical health conditions that may affect your treatment.
- If we feel medication would help your recovery, it is important that we understand other medications you may be taking. This is to ensure anything prescribed will not affect other conditions you may be experiencing.
- Your GP has overall responsibility for your care so it is important they are kept informed.
However, we understand that GP appointments can be difficult to get urgently at some surgeries and you may feel it is important for your well-being to seek support more quickly. Equally, some patients may not want to discuss their mental health with their GPs.
We do accept patients who wish to self refer but it is important that those patients understand that it may be necessary to liaise with the GP regarding their care. This is to ensure patient safety whilst receiving care from us and to ensure their on-going well-being, once discharged from our care. We may not be able to provide mental healthcare to patients who self-refer and who do not give us permission to contact their GP.
You should also be aware that we will contact your GP with or without your permission, if we believe your safety could be at risk. This is a legal obligation that all our clinicians are under.
If your treatment is being funded by a health insurance policy, it is unlikely that they will allow you to self-refer. Most insurance policies require a GP to refer you in order to cover the cost of treatment.
How to Refer Yourself for Mental Healthcare
If your care is being funded by a health insurance policy, please check that they are happy with you self-referring. It is also important to check they are happy to cover your treatment.
If you are paying for your care personally, you may want to view our fee structure before arranging an appointment. Details can be found here: Our Fee Structure
Please Note: We cannot accept CAMHS referrals without a GP’s letter. If you have a letter from your GP please click the button below to understand the current CAMHS situation and to access our CAMHS service.