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Self Referrals - Accessing Local Help Without Seeing Your GP

The following services are available for you to access without having to see your GP first. If you do make contact direct, please let the service know that you are registered with Ashburton Surgery so that your usual GP receives any reports from the service during of after your treatment.


Our local volunteer helpline can help with getting to appointments, getting things you need and regular visits for a cup of tea and a chat if you find it difficult to get out nowadays.

Ring 01364 653335 and leave the Helpline a message explaing what you need and when. Don't forget to leave your name and telephone number so they can ring you back!

NHS Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy can be very effective in treating sprains, strains, back or neck pains and can be very helpful in improving the symptoms of arthritis or tendinitis.

Self-help support videos for a number of conditions are available here.

If there isn't a self-help leaflet for you, or you'd like face-to-face help, please telephone 0300 456 9987 (Mondays to Fridays 8.30am to 12.00) or access online booking by clicking here Physiotherapy appointment service. The nearest physiotherapy base is Ashburton & Buckfastleigh Hospital but you can request to have your treatment at another local hospital such as Newton Abbot Community Hospital if that is more convenient, say for your work.

NHS Talkworks (Previously named the Depression & Anxiety Service)

If you are experiencing symptoms of low mood, depression or anxiety this service provides evidence-based psychological therapy to help which may be more effective or suit you better than taking medication or trying self-help using websites or library books.

You can self-refer online here.

NHS Podiatry and chiropody

Foot care is available on the NHS for some age groups and some people with chronic diseases such as diabetes.

To find out if you are eligible and receive a self-referral booklet please drop in and speak to Reception here at Ashburton Surgery during weekdays 8.30am to 6pm.

Memory Cafe

The Ashburton & Buckfastleigh Memory Cafe is a volunteer provided service for people with memory or other brain functioning problems, including dementia, and for people who know others with such problems.

It is open on the 2nd Monday of the month 10am-12pm.

It is situated in the St Andrews Church Hall, off West Street in Ashburton.

No appointment needed, just drop in for a cup of tea and a biscuit and lots of good advice and support from people in a similar situation to you and usually there is an older person's mental health specialist in attendance to answer questions too.

Devon Dementia Support Worker Service

This service provides information and support to people with a diagnosis of dementia and their family and carer(s). They can also put people in touch with any other local service which may be useful at the time or if there are problems occurring. The service covers anyone in this situation who lives within the Devon County Council area.

The service can be accessed by referral from your GP, by ringing 0300 123 2029, or at Alzheimer's Society.

Bank Youth Project

This volunteer-run service is designed for people aged between 10 and 19 years and operates from the old bank on the corner of East Street and St Lawrance Lane.

It is open between 6 and 9pm on Tuesdays to Fridays and provides a community hub for young people with activities, advice and support.

Teignbridge Walk This Way

Walk This Way is a fantastic scheme which gets you out walking in your local area and meeting new people. Walks take place across Teignbridge Monday-Saturday throughout the year. The walks are led by volunteers and each one is graded (grade 1 being short walks suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs and grade 5 being 90 mins + with a variety or terrains) so you know which walk will be right for you. For more information and details of all the walks available click here

Walking For Health leaflet

Different Strokes - Support for younger stroke survivors

Different Strokes is a national charity providing active self-help and mutual support to working age and younger stroke survivors.  Different Strokes Exercise and Support Group has started up in Totnes and they would welcome fellow stroke survivors to join them at their meetings where they share information, tea, coffee and cake.

If you would like to join this group of stroke survivors for 'Active Support' please go along to one of their meetings.  They are held on the first Thursday of every month, between 11am and 12:30pm at Rushbrook, Station Road, Totnes, TQ9 5HW.  Parking is restricted at Rushbrook, but two hours free parking is permitted at Morrisons nearby.

For further information, please contact Don Patterson on 01803 762944 or email:

Free Advocacy Service for people with CFS/ME

Specialist Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ME charity Action For Me provide a free advocacy service to anyone with a diagnosis, who is living in the South West. The are able to support people to have their voice heard and their wishes, feelings and needs represented on issues related to health, social care, employment, education, housing and access to other services. Please note - they do not provide welfare benefits advocacy.

A self referral form can be found here  

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